The Government of Canada drew for the ninth round of Express Entry invitations in 2019. The Government of Canada issued 3,350 invitations in this round. The cut-off score is higher than previous draws this year, sitting at 470 CRS points.
This draw follows a program-specific draw, which was held on May 15th and targeted applicants for the Federal Skilled Trades Program. In the previous draw, just 500 ITAs were issued. This is a stark contrast to today’s draw, which was not program-specific and invited over six times more applicants.
At this point in 2019, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued a total of 35,100 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to Express Entry applicants.
This is the 9th Express Entry draw of 2019
A total of 35,100 Express Entry ITAs have been issued in 2019
The quarterly targets for Express Entry have been reached
Express Entry 2019 Quarterly Report
The results are in and the first quarter of 2019 surpassed the first quarter of 2018. In the first quarter of this year, 21,200 ITAs were issued to Express Entry candidates. This is 3,700 more ITAs than 2018’s first quarter, which closed with a total of 17,500 ITAs.
This year is expected to be an even bigger year for the Express Entry program, with admissions targets for the upcoming years amounting to 350,000 by 2021.
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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