This year, the Express Entry system of Canada has recorded its best start ever, issuing a whopping 11,150 Invitations in just three draws.
During the last draw for January, the minimum ranking score used was reduced to 438 points, which is the least it has ever reduced to since October 2017.
The Express Entry System is in charge of all the applicants in Canada’s immigration programs for High skilled economic Immigrants. Candidates are then ranked with considerations to their language proficiency, work experience, and age.
Express Entry has a targeted number of applicants whom when considered to be qualified, would be selected from the pool of candidates. These selected applicants are given invitations to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada during any of the regular draws that are mostly held within a time frame of two weeks.
Of the three draws held in January, 3,900 ITAs were issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in two of them. Before these record-breaking draws were held, the draw with the highest issuance of ITAs was in January 2017, with 3,508 ITAs being issued.
With 11,150 invitations issued in January only, the country envisions a great admission year ahead with Express Entry. The IRCCs admission targets for 2019 and 2020 are higher than the ones for previous years. Hence it must work harder to issue more Invites; otherwise, host more draws in the months to come than what was obtainable last year.
Hosting more draws could be beneficial to both the applicants and the country. Less time interval between draws affects the minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score to be used. The implication is that fewer people would be able to complete their allocations with the limited time given, thus, for the IRCC to meet its target, it has to bring down the CRS score to accommodate more people.
Provincial Nominee Programs linked to Express Entry
Several Provincial Nominee Programs also started big this year. In Canada, there are two territories and nine Provinces that have Express Entry linked Nominee Programs which gives them the freedom to nominate a specific number of applicants every year for Permanent Residence Status.
Nominees will be given 600 points towards their ranking score, hence giving them an edge over other applicants.
Different Provinces and their Nomination Streams linked to Express Entry
The Human Capital Priorities Stream for Ontario gives room for the province’s Nominee Program to look for applicants in Canada’s Express Entry Pool who satisfy the eligibility criteria for the stream on both the Federal and Provincial level.
This stream has been very active over time and has maintained the excellent record up to till January. On the 14th of January 2019, the Province issued out Notifications of Interest to 1,493 applicants through this Human Capital Priorities Stream, using a reduced minimum score of 439 points.
In the same month, Ontario again sent out 470 Notifications of Interest to applicants through the French Speaking Skilled Workers and Skilled Trades Stream.
In the province of Nova Scotia, 300 ITAs were given out through the Labor Market Priorities Stream to applicants who have had work experience in Accounting and Financial Auditing. The Labor Market Priorities Stream makes provision for the province to check for candidates who satisfy specific labor requirements and offers them Invitations to Apply for Nomination by a province.
The Province of Manitoba invited 700 applicants through its Skilled Worker Overseas Stream which was held last month. In this stream, the mode of operation is based on Expression of interest. The implication is that interested applicants are expected to declare their interest by setting up a profile in the Province’s Nominee Program.
Saskatchewan uses a similar means of selection to choose candidates for nomination. On the 16th of January, Saskatchewan issued 326 ITAs in its first 2019 draw.
The next day is 17th January, the province of Prince Edward Island held a draw and issued 91 invitations to apply for candidates who had entered their EOI profiles with the province.
In British Columbia, draws were held weekly in January and Invitations were issued to those in the International Worker Category and the Skilled Worker Category; two Express Entry linked categories.
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