January 10, 2019 – Canada immigration authorities have conducted the first Express Entry draw of 2019, issuing 3,900 Invitations to Apply.
The draw, dated January 10, saw the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score rise to 449, 10 points higher than the previous draw.
With three weeks since the previous draw, which took place on December 19, a rise in the minimum CRS score was expected.
By issuing 3,900 ITAs, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) continued the trend seen in the last seven draws of 2018.
The draw size is significant compared to the start of 2018, when 2,750 ITAs were issued in the first draw of the year. With more than 1,000 more candidates invited this time around, IRCC has immediately put itself on track for another record Express Entry year.
IRCC has a high-skilled immigration intake target of 81,400 for 2019, after breaking the record for annual Express Entry ITAs in 2018 with 89,800.
Following changes to the method it uses, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada can now set an exact number of invitations to be issued.
Where the number of candidates with the lowest score surpasses the number of invitations permitted, authorities give priority to the profiles that have been in the Express Entry pool the longest.
Thus, if more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.
The highest number of candidates invited in a single draw since the change is 3,900.
Why Did Express Entry Change?
The new format allows immigration officials greater control to implement a more fine-tuned method for choosing an exact number of candidates to be issued an ITA. The previous system did not allow this.
What is Express Entry?
Express Entry is an immigration system implemented by Canadian immigration authorities (IRCC) on January 1, 2015 which manages skilled worker applications under Federal Economic programs. This includes the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program the Canada Experience Class and parts of the Provincial Nomination Programs.
Stakeholders expect to see near 30 draws and more than 80,000 invitations issued in 2019, with a majority of draws featuring CRS scores below 450 to enable Canadian immigration authorities to meet targeted annual immigration levels for 2019.
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- The 9-Month Review: Canada Express Entry Sees Busiest Quarter Of 2018 With 22,800 ITAs Issued
- First Half 2018 Express Entry Results Shows Consistency in Required CRS Scores
- 2018 Express Entry First Quarter Review
- Canada Immigration: 2017 Year in Review
- 2016 Express Entry Year-End report
What Can Employers Do to Recruit Foreign Workers?
Employers are encouraged to consider securing an LMIA or nomination under provincial nomination programs (PNPs) to ensure long term retention of employees.
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What Should Candidates Do Next?
It is expected that the majority of applicants to be issued ITAs in 2018 will require a CRS score well under 450 points, enabling a significant number of applicants to receive permanent admission to Canada without a job offer or nomination under a provincial immigration program. However, securing an approved offer of employment is highly recommended. Watch our Facebook livestream video on how to find jobs in Canada from overseas.
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