Canada’s Express Entry which handles the many applicants for three of Canada’s federal immigration program for high-skilled applicants sent out a record-breaking total of 89,800 invitations to apply for permanent residence in Canada. This marks 2018 as the year with the highest record of invitations issued in one single year since the introduction of the program in January 2015.
In 2017, the number of Invitations to Apply — ITAs for short — set a record with 86,023 invitations. With this year’s record, it is most likely that by next year, another record will be set with a higher number of invitations.
These 3 programs under the management of the Express Entry system are the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) and Federal Skilled Workers Class (FSWC). These programs are set to have an admission target with an increase of 6,500 by 2019. By 2020 again, it is expected to rise by an additional 4,400.
It is clear that before these immigration targets can be reached, the number of ITAs must be increased.
More draws in 2019?
For Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to send out more ITAs in 2019 that will surpass the 2018 record, the sizes of draws must become more significant. Another option is for the IRCC to schedule draws to hold more frequently than the 2-week interval that is obtainable at the moment.
At the beginning of the year, IRCC started with a record of issuing 2,750 ITAs at a time. The number kept increasing by additional 250 up to 500 ITAs by two to three-month intervals until it peaked at 3,900 ITAs. The size remained considerably consistent from September 5 to December 19, when the last draw of 2018 was held.
An Express Entry draw was held on December 12, one week before the last one on the 19th and it had the lowest Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) for the year which fell from 445 to 439.
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