The Government of Canada drew for the first round of Express Entry invitations in December 2018. In this draw, 3,900 Invitations to Apply (ITA) were issued and the cut-off score was 445 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. This draw featured the same number of invitations as previous draws this season. This draw also features the same cut-off score as the previous draw on November 28th 2018.
This is the first Express Entry draw in the month of December
This is likely the second last draw of 2018
A total of 85,900 Express Entry ITAs have been issued in 2018
IRCC is 124 invitations away from surpassing the total number of Express Entry invitations extended in 2017
If IRCC issues the same number of invitations in the next (and final) draw of 2018, they will exceed the total number of ITAs issued in 2017 with an estimated 89,400 ITAs for this year
New Progress Bar for Express Entry Applications
Starting today, December 12, 2018, you will see a progress bar for your Express Entry application. The progress bar shows the time elapsed since Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada received your application. It will also give you an estimated completion date based on their latest estimated processing times.
Canada’s Updated Immigration Plan
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.
On October 31st 2018, the Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration was released. This report contains an updated immigration plan for the years 2019-2021. The plan is designed to “strengthen the Canadian middle class through economic growth.” It aims to support “diversity and help build vibrant, dynamic, and inclusive communities, while maintaining border integrity to preserve the safety and security of Canadians.”
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. The Government of Canada holds an average of two to three Express Entry draws per month.
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.