Summary of the Report
The Government of Canada released a year-end report on the Express Entry program for the year of 2017. This report offered information about changes that were made to the Express Entry program, such as the additional points components. In June of 2017, two new types of additional points were added to the program. Candidates now receive points for French-language proficiency to recognize French language skills in the form of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Additional points may also be allotted if the candidate (or the candidate’s accompanying spouse) has a sibling in Canada (i.e. living in Canada, citizen, or permanent resident).
Improvements to the Express Entry Program
The IRCC also made several other improvements to the Express Entry program. Previously, candidates were required to use the Job Bank. The Job Bank is a database that matches employers looking for workers with specific skills. Now, Job Bank registration is voluntary for all candidates. If a candidate meets the criteria for the Express Entry program, they will automatically be placed into the pool. It is important to note that both candidates and employers still have the option to utilize the Job Bank, however, it is no longer a requirement.
In addition, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced a new tie-breaking rule. This rule helps combat the issue of selecting between multiple candidates with the same CRS score. Now, candidates who are tied for the same CRS cut-off score will be ranked again based on the date and time of their profile submission. This change will help the Canadian government meet the targets outlined in the nation’s multi-year immigration plan.
Express Entry Results to Date
The Conference Board of Canada recently released a report about the future of Canadian Immigration. According to this study, by 2034, immigration will account for 100 percent of Canadian population growth. The article concluded by stating the importance of immigration to the Canadian economy and population. The government established a series of goals for immigration in upcoming years.
At the end of 2017, the government of Canada released a multi-year immigration plan effective from 2018 to 2020. Canada plans to welcome 310,000 permanent residents in 2018. This number will increase to 330,000 in 2019, and 340,000 in 2020.
This immigration plan is broken down into different categories. Some of the targets for 2018 include:
- 74,900 Federal High Skilled Workers
- 17,000 Caregivers
- 66,000 Spouses, Partners, and Children
- 20,000 Parents and Grandparents
This plan indicates that the government aims to admit 242,100 immigrants through the Express Entry System within the next three years. Yearly targets are as follows:
- 2018: 74,900
- 2019: 81,400
- 2020: 85,800
According to this annual report, “the Express Entry pool is now the main source of permanent residence applications for the economic immigration category of IRCC’s multi-year immigration levels plan. In 2017, 86,022 invitations were sent, 109,497 applications were received, 93,596 visas were issued and 65,401 permanent residents and their families were admitted into Canada.”
Invitations Issued to Candidates by Country of Citizenship
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