The Government of Canada drew for the fourth round of Express Entry invitations in 2019. In this draw, 3,350 Invitations to Apply (ITA) were issued and the cut-off score was 457 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. This draw saw the same number of invitations as the previous draw held on January 30th. At this point in 2019, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued a total of 14,500 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to Express Entry applicants. This is the biggest start to the year since the Express Entry system started four years ago. For comparison, just 8,500 ITAs were issued by February 20th in 2018. This shows that IRCC is working towards the immigration goals set forth in the recently revised Canadian Immigration plan.
This is the 4th draw of 2019
This draw saw a 19-point increase from the previous draw on January 30th
This can be attributed to the 3-week gap between the previous draw and this one
A total of 14,500 Express Entry ITAs have been issued in 2019
This draw pushed Express Entry to reach a new record for the month of January. The total number of ITAs issued in January 2019 exceeds every previous draw held in January since the creation of the Express Entry stream in 2015! If this month is an indication of what the Express Entry will continue to look like in 2019, IRCC should have no trouble meeting their immigration targets.
ITAs Issued by February 20th
Express Entry Target for 2019
According to Canada’s new immigration plan, almost a quarter of those coming to Canada will do so through one of the three economic immigration classes managed by the Express Entry system. Economic immigration is one of the largest targets as a whole. As such, some key streams of entry are through the Provincial Nominee Program and include the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class, and the Business Stream. Canada aims to admit 330,800 immigrants in 2019.
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.
Express Entry Points Calculator
Determine your eligibility for Express Entry to Canada using the Express Entry Points Calculator. Click the image below to enter your information and determine what your CRS score might be.
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.
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