Canada Express Entry 2019 ITAs quarterly report
The quarterly report of 2019 has surpassed the first quarter of 2018 with 21,200 invitations to apply for permanent residence issued to the applicants under Express Entry System. The number of ITAs increases by 3,700 as compared to the 2018’s first quarter.
The year 2018 set an all-time record of 89,800 Invitations to Apply (ITA), the highest number of ITAs so far issued since its incorporation in 2015. The year 2019 is expected to be even bigger year based on Canada's three-year immigration levels plan.
The immigration plan outlines annual admission targets fixed at 350,000 admissions for the year 2021. The increasing admission targets for 2019 and 2020 could mean the total number of invitations issued in 2019 may exceed the ITA record set in 2018.
The Express Entry system is the popular immigration program that manages the profile under three skilled economic immigration programs- the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.
The eligible candidates with the highest-ranking scores are invited to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence.
The Express Entry issued a total number of ITAs in the initial quarter of 2018 and 2019 it is evident that the first quarter of this year has surpassed ITAs of the previous year. When Express Entry was introduced, a total of 779 ITAs were issued followed by 1,463 in January 2016 followed by 2,902 ITAs in 2017 followed by 2750 ITAs in January 2018 and 3900 ITAs in January 2019.
Till now, Express Entry draw sizes are set at 3,350 ITAs for four out of the six Express Entry draws with the exception of the first two draws when 3,900 ITAs were given on both occasions.
The Express Entry ITAs issued in Q1 as compared to the total admission targets:
Thus, the chart mentioned above illustrates the number of ITAs issued in the first quarter of each year as compared to the Federal Skilled Immigration targets.
Lowest CRS cut-off since 2017
In the first quarter of 2019, the minimum CRS score requirement dropped as low as 438, which is the lowest CRS score since the final quarter of 2017 when CRS was 436.
A score of CRS 438 is the second lowest minimum CRS requirement for the first quarter of a year. The lowest CRS score was 434 in 2017 and that year also holds the record for the lowest minimum CRS ever recorded in an all-program which occurred on May 31, 2017, when the minimum CRS dropped to 413.
The Minimum CRS Requirement in Q1 for the year 2019
A total of 6 ITAs draws were conducted in the first quarter of 2019 where the first ITA draw of the year 2019 was fixed at 449. The ITAs draws was conducted at regular intervals with point score increasing and decreasing. The last draw of the quarter was conducted at CRS 452.
Another trend was the draw size wherein the last four express entry draws, the ITA total was 3,350. This number represents a 550 ITA decrease from the larger draw size of 3,900 ITAs in the late 2018 and early 2019. The draw sizes of the first two ITAs draw in 2019 were the largest.
Express Entry and Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program
The Canadian provinces invited applicants through Express Entry linked provinces Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan in the first quarter through dedicated streams. A successful nomination from the province enables an applicant to receive additional 600 provincial nomination points.
The Provincial Nominee Program Immigration target has also been set for the year 2019 is 61,000 and by 2021, the PNP target will account for 71,300 new admissions.
In the first quarter, Ontario’s Human Capital Stream held its largest draw ever with 1,493 notifications of Interest issued to the applicants having CRS range between 439 and 448.
The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) also held two draws in the first quarter through its Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities Stream. The other Canadian Provinces like Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Prince Edward Island have also been conducting their PNP draws.
Therefore, we can say that Canadian Immigration in its first quarter has performed really well and the chances of inviting more applicants in the next quarter are also bright. For further information in this regard, it is suggested to connect with our experienced visa and immigration experts of Aptech Global by filling the Canada Immigration Assessment form. One of the experts will contact you soon to discuss the Canada PR query.