It has now been officially declared that the immigration report submitted by the Express Entry system in the first quarter of 2019 has surpassed what was obtainable in the first quarter of 2018 with 3,700 more invitations.
During the first quarter of 2018, 17,500 invitations were issued and at the end of that year, 89,800 invitations were issued, resulting as the most significant number of invitations ever issued by Express Entry in a single year. It is expected that the 2019 record would exceed that of 2018.
This plan has been outlined in the multi-year immigration levels plan, setting the immigrant admission target for 2021 at 350,000 invitations, 85,800 invitations for 2020, and 81,400 invitations for 2019.
Express Entry System
The Express Entry System is employed by the Government of Canada to choose permanent residents from the pool of applicants in the three High Skilled Immigration Programs in Canada.
For applicants to be selected from the pool, they must be considered eligible by Express Entry System, with considerations to their Skill Transferability, Core Human Capital and Additional Factors. The applicants’ profiles are graded using a Comprehensive Ranking System Score that has a total of 1,200 points and decides the rank of the applicant in the Express Entry Pool.
Draws are being organized by the Federal Government within time intervals to select eligible applicants from the pool.
2019 Draw Report
The year began well for the Express Entry system as it has successfully invited the most significant number of applicants ever since 2015, surpassing the record set in 2018.
In the first quarter of 2019, six draws were held, and in the first two draws, the immigrant invitation size was set at 3,900 invites, while the remaining four draws had invitation draw sizes of 3,350 invites.
The number of invitations to apply for permanent residents issued in the first quarters of 2015 to 2019, concerning the targeted number of invitations that were to be issued in those different years.
Lowest Minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score Used Since 2017
The lowest minimum comprehensive ranking score that has been set in the Express Entry System draws ever since 2017 is 438 points, which was used in the first quarter of this year. In 2017, the minimum CRS score dropped to 436 points during the last quarter of the year.
A minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score is the least score an applicant is expected to earn to be considered for an invitation by the country. Applicants who receive this number of points and more are usually selected and invited for the nomination.
The lowest CRS that has ever been used by Express Entry during the first quarter was 434 points in 2017. This was closely followed by the 438 points used this year.
The minimum CRS score can be affected by the time interval between two draws. If a draw is held shortly after the last one, the minimum CRS score will be reduced to accommodate more applicants with low CRS scores.
Also, the draw size can be an essential factor to be considered. The first two draws in 2019 were the largest in all the draws held in the first quarter. The number of Invitations to Apply issued during the last four draws was 3,350 each. This meant a reduction in the draw sizes from what was obtainable in the first two draws of the year.
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has predicted that it is very likely to draw sizes to rise again as the year proceeds.
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