Over 20,000 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence

April 2, 2019 no comment kartik

The first quarter of 2019 has officially surpassed the first quarter of 2018 with 21,200 invitations to apply for permanent residence issued to candidates in Canada’s Express Entry system.


This is a 3,700 increase from 2018’s first quarter that ended at 17,500 invitations issued.

The year 2018 set an all-time record of 89,800 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued. This is the highest number of invitations issued for any one year since Express Entry was introduced in 2015. This year is expected to be an even bigger year based on Canada’s three-year immigration levels plan.

The plan outlines rising annual admission targets for the years ahead, culminating in 350,000 admissions in 2021.

The increasing admission targets for 2019 and 2020 could mean the total number of invitations issued in 2019 may exceed the ITA record set in 2018.

The Canadian government utilizes the Express Entry system to select permanent immigration candidates from a pool of potential candidates who are eligible under one of the Federal High Skilled economic immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program or the Canadian Experience Class.

Express Entry profiles are assessed on ‘core human capital’, skill-transferability and additional factors. Profiles are assigned what is officially called a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. This score, out a maximum of 1,200 points, determines a candidate’s rank in the Express Entry pool.

The Government of Canada regularly conducts draws from the pool of eligible candidates where the highest-ranked are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.


Express Entry and Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

Canadian provinces have been exceptionally busy in the first quarter of the year with Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and other provinces using their Provincial Nominee Programs to select Express Entry candidates through dedicated streams.

A nomination from a Canadian province or territory results in an Express Entry candidate being awarded an additional 600 CRS points and puts them in a favourable position to receive an ITA.

Similar to Federal High Skilled admission targets, PNP targets are set to rise annually in Canada’s three-year immigration levels plan. The PNP admission target for this year is 61,000. By 2021, the PNP target will account for 71,300 admissions.

In the first quarter of 2019, Ontario’s popular Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream held its largest draw ever with 1,493 Notifications of Interest issued to Express Entry candidates who had CRS scores between 439 and 448.

To select candidates, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) searches the Express Entry pool for candidates who meet the eligibility criteria of the HCP or any other Ontario Express Entry stream — French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream or Skilled Trades Stream.

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), which has three Express Entry-aligned streams, held two draws in the first quarter through its Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities Stream.

In its first draw in January, the passive stream targeted financial auditors and accountants with CRS scores between 400 and 450. The second draw held March 20 prioritized Express Entry candidates who listed French as their first official language.

Other provinces like Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Prince Edward Island have been publicly announcing draws through their unique Express Entry-aligned immigration streams. The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) held three Express Entry draws with a cumulative 515 invitations issued to Express Entry candidates registered in the province’s unique Expression of Interest (EOI) pool.


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