Canada seems to make good on their word to increase immigration with the news that the latest Express Entry draw has seen 3000 invitations issued to would-be migrants.
In the newest draw 3,000 candidates, who have created profiles on Canada’s Express Entry Immigration system, have been given the go-ahead candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residency. This most recent draw took place on Wednesday this week.
Express Entry allows persons interested in immigrating to Canada to load a comprehensive personal profile on Canada’s Express Entry Immigration system. This online system creates a database of all persons interested in immigrating to Canada.
Each applicant is given a score based on meeting certain criteria which includes education and work experience to name a few. Applicants are considered eligible for Canadian residency if they score well enough and their occupation is listed as a skill that the country is in need of. Would be employers are able to make use of this system to find talent otherwise unavailable in Canada.
The Canadian government may also invite applicants to apply for residency without a job offer as certain skills are enough in demand to ensure that that applicant will find employment in Canada.
With every draw applicants who score above a certain minimum point are included and considered for immigration. The cut-off Comprehensive Ranking Score for this draw was 442 points.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) once again employed its tie-break rule in this latest draw. In this case, the time and date of the tie-break were February 11, 2018, at 17:03:32 UTC. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 442, as well as those candidates with scores of 442 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this time, will receive an ITA.
This latest Express Entry draw follows a busy start of the year for Canada’s Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). A recent example is Ontario, which conducted its largest invitation round yet of 2018 through its Human Capital Priorities Stream.
This stream allows Ontario to search the Express Entry pool for candidates with a CRS score of at least 400, among other criteria. The February 13 draw saw Ontario issue Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to 488 Express Entry candidates.
Express Entry candidates who receive an NOI can apply for a provincial nomination by Ontario. If successful, they get an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, putting an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence well within reach.
Canada has set higher admission targets for 2018 through Express Entry and its PNPs. Both were highlighted by Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, in a recent update on the 2018 levels.
Hussen said Canada is planning to commit an additional $440 million to the planned increases in its immigration levels between 2018 and 2020.