The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued 56,200 Invitations To Apply (ITAs) for permanent residency to Express Entry candidates this year! There have been 17 draws that have taken place in 2019 so far, of which only one had a single entry draw where only Federal Skilled Trades Program applicants received ITAs.
Admissions targets for 2019 and 2020 have been set much higher than in 2018, with this year’s numbers forecast to overtake that of last year. As the IRCC ramps up the number of invitations issued to achieve its economic immigration goal and the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off threshold is expected to decrease as the year progresses, it seems that now is the most opportune time to get those visa submissions in.
The most recent draw took place on August 20, where 3,600 applicants with CRS scores of 457 and above received ITAs. This draw came early, only 8 days after the previous draw held on August 12, which invited 3,600 candidates with scores of 466 and up. August saw a trend of applicants from industries such as the business sectors in Prince Edward Island, Tech sector in British Columbia and Ontario as well as those with managerial and financial work experience receiving ITAs.
The Express Entry Draw has not only opened up avenues for those wanting to apply for permanent residency but has helped to streamline the immigration process as well as making it more accessible to potential immigrants. Learn more about ways to improve your chances in the upcoming draw, by visiting our blog.
The Draw Roundup
The number of Express Entry ITAs issued have been consistently high in the first half of 2019. Below is a summation of ITAs issued and CRS cut-off scores.
|2019 Express Entry Draw Round-Up|
|Draw||ITA Date||# of ITAs Issued/strong>||Minimum CRS Score|
|#117||15/05/2019||500(Federal Trades only)||332|
The Express Entry System
The Express Entry System is the most popular way for candidates to immigrate to Canada. It has made the immigration process quicker and easier, helping thousands of skilled foreign workers obtain permanent residency in Canada since its inception in 2015. 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.
How Do I Apply?
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 an Express Entry Draw Pool. Draws usually occur every second week, 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”(ITA), which must be completed within 6 months of receipt.
There are many 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 more than likely guaranteed to receive an ITA.
How Can We Help You?
We offer premium advice on the Canadian immigration process, with the help of three Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs). Our professionals are highly qualified and extremely knowledgeable on all federal government policies, including the Express Entry System. With our guidance, you stand the best possible chance of achieving an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence. We will assist you in selecting one of over 70 programs, ensuring that it is best suited to your individual needs. Our RCICs are here to support you throughout the entire application process and assist you with Canada’s strict documentation submission requirements.
Why struggle through the application process on your own when you have us by your side to support you. Simply contact us today to secure your place in one of the upcoming draws before the quota fills up!