Year of 2018 was the year where the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) break the record for the maximum number of invitations issued in a single year to 89,800 invitations. The previous record was of 86,023 Invitation to Apply (ITA) that was set in the year 2017.
Express entry program manages the pool of candidates who have applied under Canada’s three Federal High skilled program categories – Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Under the federal government’s multi-year immigration levels plan a number of admissions managed by the Express entry program target for the year 2019 is set to increase in 2019, by 6,500. With the year 2020, the target is also to be increased by 4,400.
With this increment in admissions target, a number of invitations that is ITAs is bound to rise for the FSWP, FSTP and CEC.
Now, for the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to meet the target of 2019, they are two ways to achieve it. First, is to either increase the number of invitations in a single express draws or second way is to held express draws more frequently with less time duration between two draws.
2018, sees the increment in number of invitations issued with the year starting with 2,750 ITAs and then were increased by 200 or 500 ITAs every two to three months with the maximum number of invitation issued in a single express draw to be 3,900 ITAs. Size of number of invitation issued in an express draw mainly remains the same from September to last draw of 2018 in December.
The last draw that was held on December 19 may indicate the approach that IRCC may implement for the coming year. The time interval between the two express draw that is December 19 and December 12 took place only after one week of duration. Numbers of invitations sent were same as 3,900 ITAs which gives the express entry pool of candidates with less time to replenish, thus forcing the CRS cut-off to decrease.
For IRCC to meet their expectations for 2019 and 2020, they need to hold their express draw less than two weeks apart on a more regular basis in the year 2019
Provincial Nomination Program also shows growth with the express entry in the year 2018
With the development of express entry draws, 2018 also shows the increment in the Provincial Nomination Program (PNP).
All the nine Canada province and two territories have their provincial nomination program which help them to nominate the highly skilled and capable immigrants for permanent residency in the province. Some of the nominations are done via the “enhanced” provincial nomination that nominated the immigrants through the Express Entry system.
“Enhanced” provincial nomination is the most valuable factor within Express entry’ CRS which results in total of 600 CRS points awarded to the immigrant’s express profile. These many points help in improving the rank of express profile of the candidates and allow them to apply for permanent residence visa to the IRCC.
With the data reveals by the IRCC, it shows that 12 per cent of the 62,500 express entry draw which was issued during the first eight months of 2018 went to the candidates with a provincial nomination. If in comparison with the last year 2017, only 9 per cent were sent to the provincial nominated candidates and in total 10 per cent for the whole year of 2017.
With the same principle as of express entry admissions target, PNP also saw an increase in their admission target for the year 2017 and 2018 and further a target of 6,000 admissions for the year 2019.
PNP’s admission target will increase again in 2020 and 2021, when they are expected to reach 71,300-an increase of approximately 30 per cent over the 2018 target.
David Cohen, senior partner with the Campbell Cohen Canadian Immigration firm said, “Express Entry really hits it stride in 2018 and the next 12 months should see it operating at even higher capacity. Combined with the growing prominence of the PNP, the new year should be a significant one for Canada’s Express Entry System”.
Reference is taken from CIC news
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