The year 2019 has already started on a good note for Canada’s government to meets its target for three-year immigration plan. 2018 was already a record-breaking year for the most number of invitations issued in a single year under express entry program and Canada in its three-year immigration program has targeted to increase new permanent residence from 331,000 in 2019 to 341,000 in 2020 and reach 350,000 by 2021.
The month of January has already opened door to more than 40,000 potential applicants via the economic skilled immigration programs and family sponsorship programs. Express entry program manages the profiles of the candidates who have applied under the skilled immigration programs – Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Under the express entry program a total of 11,500 Invitation to Apply (ITA) were issued via three express draws held in January. CRS score went to 438 points which is the lowest CRS score since October 2017. Last year the lowest score was of 439 CRS points. As we know express entry uses a ranking system – Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to issue the ITAs to the candidates who are able to meet the CRS cut-offs set at each express draw. Higher ranked profiles have issued the ITAs to apply for permanent residence visa to the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
3,900 ITAs were issued via the first two draws out of three held in the month of January. Last time IRCC issued the maximum number of invitations via two consecutive express draws in January was on 25th January 2015 and the ITAs issued were 3,508. These two draws helped pushed the ITAs issued in the month of January to a new record of 11,500 invitations over the course of the month.
For IRCC to meet its target for three-year immigration plan more express draw have to be held with higher frequency and with bigger size of ITAs issued in express draws than in comparison to 2018 which was the record-breaking year. Because of these, we can see the CRS cut-off to come even lower as it gives less to replenish the express pool with capable and skilled immigrants. For the proof of this scenario, we can see that the express draw that was held on January 30th was just after the time duration of one week before the last express draw held on January 23rd which saw the CRS cut-off come down to 438 points a 16 month low in express entry program history.
Other than express entry program, other immigration program that contributed in big way is – Provincial Nomination Program (PNP). Every provincial nomination program has a stream that is linked to the federal government’s express entry program via which express entry candidates can also apply for provincial nomination. On a getting a provincial nomination, candidates are awarded with 600 CRS points which makes sure candidate’s are able to land the ITA to apply for permanent residence visa to the IRCC.
Looking at the numbers generated via the provincial nomination programs a total of 5,000 candidates have issued the ITAs via the PNPs of Ontario, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, British Columbia and Prince Edward Island.
Ontario’s PNP express entry linked stream – Human Capital Priorities Stream was one the most active stream in the month of January. This stream allows the Ontario province to search the express pool for the capable immigrants who are able to meet their requirements and clear the eligibility criteria. A total of 1,493 Notification of Interest (NOI) were issued to the express entry candidates with CRS score as low as 439 points. Also other 470 NOIs were issued by the Ontario’s provincial nomination program (PNP) via their Skilled Trades and French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream.
Other PNP who was active in month of January was Nova Scotia’s Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) which via their Labour Market Priorities Stream invited around 300 express entry candidates who were having work experience as financial auditors or accountants. Labour Market Priorities Stream allows the NSNP to search the express pool for the candidates meeting their requirements and then nominate them for the provincial nomination.
Manitoba’s provincial nomination program (MPNP) invited 700 immigrants via its Skilled Worker Overseas Stream. Stream work on Expression of Interest (EOI) system that requires express entry candidate’s to register a profile with the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program.
Saskatchewan’s Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) also uses the EOI system and has issued a total of 362 invitations to the express entry candidates in the month of January.
Candidates applying under express entry program have also issued a total of 91 invitations via the Prince Edward Island in a draw held on January 17.
Another immigration program re-opened in the month of January that adds up in the invitations issued in the month of January was Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). This program provides an immigration pathway to the eligible Canadian citizens and permanent residents over the age of 18 to sponsor their parents and grandparents for permanent residence in Canada. Under PGP, IRCC has targeted of 27,000 Expression of Interest (EOI) which they were able to meet in a matter of seconds when they opened their portal for application submission. EOI’s were being issued based on a first-in, first-served basis.
David Cohen, senior partner at the Campbell Cohen Canadian immigration law firm in Montreal said, “January was indeed impressive and kicked off what should be a big year ahead for Canadian immigration.”