Express Entry Roundup for 2019
2019 seems to be an exciting year for the Canadian Express Entry Draw, with over 40, 000 applicants receiving Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to date! Of the 13 draws that have taken place so far this year, only one has been a single entry draw, in which only those applying via the Federal Skilled Trades program received ITAs. At this point in the year, Canadian Immigration has issued 6, 000 more invitations than last year, which is highly impressive considering that 2018, in itself, saw a record number of 89, 800 ITAs. With higher admissions targets set for 2019 and 2020, this year’s numbers are forecast to overtake last year’s. As Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) ramps up the number of invitations issued in order to reach its economic immigration quota, you may expect to see a reduction in the CRS cut-off threshold as the year progresses. This is; however, also influenced by the following factors:
- number of candidates invited;
- the frequency of draws;
- the number of new candidates entering the pool; and
- changes in the CRS scores of existing candidates, whose scores may increase or decrease depending on their circumstances.
Canada’s immigration department has committed to increasing the number of accepted applicants through the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class to approximately 256,000 over the forthcoming years. It also aims to assist an additional 200, 000 or so new permanent residents in the immigration process via the Provincial Nominee Program by the end of 2021.
The Express Entry Draw has not only opened up avenues for those wanting to apply for permanent residency but has helped to make the process more efficient. Learn more about ways to improve your chances in the upcoming draw, by visiting our blog
The Draw Roundup
January had a total of 3 draws, held on the 10th, 23rd and 30th. A record number of 11,150 candidates received ITA’s. This is 5,650 more invitations issued in comparison to last year January.
Only one draw was held on February 20, in which 3,350 applicants received ITA’s.
March applicants were entered into two draws, which took place on March 6 and March 20. Each draw extended invitations to 3,350 candidates, resulting in a total of 6,700. This is 700 more than that which was issued last March.
Both draws that were held in April, one on the 3rd and the other on April 17, resulted in the same amount of applicants receiving ITA’s as per the previous month’s totals of 3,350 per draw.
3 draws were held in May (1, 15, and 29 May), of which the last draw differed from all previous draws so far this year. Instead of an “all-program draw” being held, only entrants from the Federal Skilled Trades program were entered in the draw, resulting in only 500 applicants receiving invitations, bringing the total to 7, 200 that month.
Of the applicants that were entered into last months draw pool on June 12 and 26, 6, 700 candidates were invited to apply for permanent residency.
In comparison to last year, 2019 has already seen an increase in the number of invitations that have been issued. At this point 2, 100 more candidates have been offered a chance to apply for permanent residency, jumping from a total of 39, 700 in 2018 to 41, 800 in 2019. This means that more and more people have had success in relocating to Canada via the Express Entry System.
The Express Entry System
The Express Entry system is the most popular way for candidates to immigrate to Canada. It was designed to streamline the immigration process and assist skilled foreign workers in their application for permanent residency. The 3 programs that fall under the Federal Economic Immigration Program are the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class. When applying via the Express Entry System, online profiles need to be created by all applicants. These profiles contain information such as your employment history, skills, education, age and so on. There are also certain criteria which must be met in order to be considered eligible to be entered into a draw pool. Draws usually occur bimonthly, but this may change from time to time. In these draws, you will be measured against other applicants based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) which awards points according to the information supplied in your online profile. If you are successful, you will receive an “Invitation to Apply”, which must be completed within 6 months of receipt.
There are ways to boost your chances of being successful in the immigration process, but perhaps one of the most effective ways is to secure a Provincial Nomination (PN), which, if attained, would almost guarantee entry an ITA. More information on the Express Entry System can be found here.
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