This year for Express Entry was good and next year could be even more exceptional.
Express Entry manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three Federal High Skilled Immigration programs issued a record 89,800 invitations to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence in 2018.
The previous record of 86,023 Invitations to Apply (ITA) was set in 2017 and the invitations for 2018 year have surpassed the 2017 invitations.
The new multi-year immigration levels plans for Canada has set the admission target for three economic programs under Express Entry System- the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trade Program and The Canadian Experience Class is set to increase in 2019 by 6,500 and in 2020 will rise by another 4,400.
The Year 2019: Bigger Draws or More Draws in a Frequent Manner?
If Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) are to issue more ITAs in 2019 than it did in 2018, there are high chances that draw sizes will expand or IRCC will have to hold more draws frequently than the current interval between draws which is typically every two weeks.
Over the past 12 months, IRCC draw sizes increased from 2,750 ITAs at the start of the year and then increased by increments of 250 or 500 ITAs every two to three months and reached to a peak size of 3,900 ITAs. The 3900 ITAs number remained largely stable between September 5 and the last draw of 2018 on December 19.
The December 19 draw took place only one week after the previous Express Entry draw on December 12 with lowest Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score of 2018-CRS 439. The range of CRS for the year 2018 was between CRS 445 to 439.
What is With PNP Growth in 2018 and For 2019?
The year 2018 also saw the rising number of applicants applying for Provincial Nomination.
Canada offers provincial nomination programs for its Nine Canadian Provinces and two territories to nominate a set number of economic immigrants for Canadian Permanent Residence each year. Some of PNPs are also processed through Express Entry System.
The provincial nomination entitles applicants to receive additional 600 point towards their overall Express Entry Ranking score- effectively guaranteeing an invitation to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence.
As per IRCC, 12 percent of the 62,500 Express Entry ITAs issued during the first eight months of 2018 were given to the candidates with a provincial nomination. Though, with same period in 2017 just over nine percent of all ITAs issued went to provincial nominees and at the end-of-year was 10 percent.
Just like Express Entry, Canada’s PNP also saw an increase in its admissions target in 2017 and 2018 and a further increase of 6,000 admissions speculated for the year 2019.
The PNP target is also set to ride in 2020 and 2021 with the number of invitations 71,300- and increase of nearly 30 percent over 2018s target of 55,000.
Express Entry and Provincial Nomination Programs in the year 2019 will see operating at an even higher capacity.
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