The Government of Canada drew for the first round of Express Entry invitations in October 2018. In this draw, 3,900 Invitations to Apply (ITA) were issued and the cut-off score was 445 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. Today, we see a return to the all-time highest number of invitations issued last month on September 5th. This is following an additional draw that took place on September 24th for the Federal Skilled Trades Program. In this draw, 400 Invitations were issued. This means that between September 19th and October 3rd, a total of 4,300 ITAs have been issued to applicants!
A program-specific draw for the Federal Skilled Trades Program was held on September 24th (between the draw on September 19th and October 3rd);
Today’s draw ties for the highest number of ITA’s issued in 2018 with the draw that took place on September 5th 2018;
A total of 66,400 Express Entry ITAs have been issued this year.
At the end of 2017, the government of Canada released a multi-year immigration plan. This plan aims to admit 242,100 immigrants through the Express Entry System within the next three years. The target for 2018 is 74,900 immigrants. With several large draws this early in the year, the government will likely achieve this goal.
Express Entry Program
Immigration Canada uses a federal system, referred to as Express Entry, to manage applications for permanent residency from individuals in these programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, or the Canadian Experience Class.
Express Entry Profile
Candidates must create an Express Entry profile online where they enter information about their skills, education, language ability, work experience, and more. Candidates are then assigned a CRS score out of 1200 points. Every two to three weeks, the Canadian government will conduct an Express Entry draw where applicants with the highest CRS score receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency. Those who are extended an ITA have 90 days to complete an application.
The Comprehensive Ranking System
Prospective immigrants are then ranked in a point system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Points are given for each piece of information in your Express Entry profile. Some different factors that play into your CRS score include your age, level of education, English and French language proficiency, work experience, and connections to Canada (e.g. education, work experience, siblings, etc.). The number of points allotted for each factor differs if you have a spouse or common-law partner or not.