Evolution of Express Entry Canada From 2018 to 2019

2018 was a record breaking year for the Express Entry system where over 89,800 ITAs (Invitations to Apply) were issued to applicants, this is the largest number since the EE system was first introduced in 2015. It looks like 2019 will continue this record breaking behaviour.

But how has Express Entry Canada evolved from 2018 to this year?

Canada has set its sights on inviting at least 330,800 new immigrants in 2019, which is 20,000 more immigrants than 2018’s target.

In case you didn’t know, the Express Entry (EE) system manages certain visa programs like the:

  • Federal Skilled Trades Program;
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program;
  • Canadian Experience Class; and certain
  • Provincial Nominee Programs

The system works through regular EE draws that pick candidates who have scored well on the CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System). This is a score given to anyone who creates an Express Entry profile. You are scored out of a possible 1,200 points based on factors like your age, work experience, occupation, language ability, adaptability, whether you have a Provincial Nomination or valid Canadian job offer and more.

More Express Entry Draws During the Month

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Most EE draws take place every two weeks so that Canada can find the right people for the job but, with the new immigration goals highlighted below, Canada will need to have more frequent draws in order to meet its new immigration quota this year.

ProgramsImmigration Target 2019
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
Federal Skilled Trades Program
Federal Skilled Worker Program
Canadian Experience Class
83,400
Provincial Nominee Programs61,000

So 2019 will be off to a good start with predicted EE draws taking place less than every two weeks.

Canada Has Increased Immigration Targets Yet Again

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These Federal Economic programs have increased their immigration targets from 75,900 in 2018 to 83,400. What does this mean for you? Why, it’s more chances to get an ITA!

At the end of 2018, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada invited 3,900 immigrants in each of its draws, from November to December, as the year drew to a close. You can expect 2019 to follow the same pattern thanks to an increase in demand for skilled workers.

Even the number of Provincial Nominations (PNs) increased from 55,00 in 2018 all the way up to 61,000 in 2019!

Lower CRS Score this Year?

If you follow the trends that the IRCC has followed each year, you should know that the CRS score that you will need to apply will drop as Canada aims to reach its new immigration goals for 2019.

In the last EE draws of December, the CRS score required to get an ITA dropped to the lowest score ever of 439 in 2018.

In general, the CRS needed to apply for EE stayed in a range of 440 to 445 for most draws. So if score between these numbers, you will have a chance to receive an ITA to apply for permanent residency in Canada.

Biometrics Are Now Compulsory for Most Applicants

Starting from the end of December, Canada has announced that Biometrics will become compulsory for nearly all applicants who wish to apply for permanent residency this year.

In case you haven’t heard of Biometrics, it is a new security system that uses facial recognition and fingerprint identity to help stop cases of immigration fraud and identity theft.

Do not to worry! Biometrics are pretty simple to apply for and you will receive an email from the IRCC with detailed instructions on where and how to apply. Just make sure that you complete your Biometrics within 30 days of receiving your instruction.

The video below can help give you more information about how the Biometric system works.

12% of Provincial Nominees Got an ITA

In 2018, 12% of Provincial Nominees got an ITA to the country. Not surprising considering that a PN earns you an additional 600 CRS points basically guaranteeing you an ITA during the next Express Entry draw.

For a while now, Canada has seen a steady increase in the number of applicants who have received a PN and 2019 will prove to be no different.

IRCC has increased the PNP targets from 47,800 in 2016 to 61,000 this year. The country intends to continue this trend in 2020 by increasing the quota for PNPs by an additional 6,800 applicants.

Easier to Apply than Ever Before

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Canada is all about making the application process as simple as possible, which is why it introduced several new changes in 2018. One of these changes is that EE now awards additional points to excellent French speakers who score a 7 on the NCLB (National Canadian Language Benchmark).

Yet another change IRCC brought about is that you can now increase your score if you have a sibling in Canada. According to this rule, all applicants get an additional 15 points if their sibling is living in the country as either a permanent resident or citizen.

Another major change that EE introduced was the removal of the Job Bank Registration. Previously you needed to create an account on the Canadian Job Bank before you could complete your EE profile.

Now that there is less administration involved you can create your profile quicker with fewer hassles during the application process.

Of course this does not mean that you can no longer apply to the Canadian Job Bank. You can still create an account to help you track down which province is the best for your specific skills and work experience.

More Immigration Programs to Choose From

Last year Quebec joined the ranks of provinces that offer the Express Entry system to applicants. Quebec introduced its own program called the Quebec Skilled Worker or QSW. Just like the EE system, you must submit an Expression of Interest to apply and you must meet the necessary requirements to receive an ITA.

The province also mentioned that it plans to change the CRS so that it applies to multiple immigration programs like the Quebec Investor, Self Employed Worker and Entrepreneur programs as well.

What Immigration Programs Do You Qualify For?

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