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Immigration Canada First Quarter

More ITA’s, quicker processing and more permanent residents
More visa candidates are being invited to apply than ever before. This is one of the findings of the latest Express Entry Quarterly report.

Immigration Canada First Quarter

Another feather in the cap for Canada Immigration and Citizenship is that the report also found that visa processing times remain short and successful applicants continue to land in Canada as permanent residents.


“Through the opening three months of 2017, a total of 24,652 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence have been issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), an increase of more than 160 percent on the 9,465 ITAs issued over the first quarter of 2016. For the same period in 2015, a total of 6,851 ITAs were issued,” states the report published on the CIC website earlier this month.

Figures have shown that the number of ITAs issued to candidates in the pool over the first quarter of 2017 is far greater than during any other quarter since the Express Entry system was first launched in January, 2015.

It is believed that Canada’s Immigration Plan for 2017, which targets more newcomers through programs managed through Express Entry is one of the largest contributing factors to the sky rocketing ITA’s.

This phenomenon is interesting to note as it comes only mere months after changes to the Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). These changes included fewer points being awarded for having a job offer, but while the number of points a candidate could obtain for a job offer decreased, the requirements surrounding such a job offer were relaxed to include many candidates holding employer-specific work permits in Canada. Therefore, a number of candidates in the pool were immediately in line for a 50- or 200-point boost to their scores.

Candidates who had studied in Canada also benefited from the introduction of additional points for their Canadian education last November.

“The next set of improvements to Express Entry are due come into force on June 6. The three changes to come are the introduction of additional points for candidates with a sibling in Canada, additional points for candidates with French ability, and a change to make registration in the Canada Job Bank voluntary. These changes are not expected to alter the CRS as significantly as the changes introduced last November,” stated the report.

Admissions to Canada through Express Entry

Late last month the IRCC disclosed that Canada has welcomed more than 43,000 new permanent residents through Express Entry since its launch in January, 2015.

Canadian immigration authorities seem to be welcoming of new immigrants through Express Entry.

The report says to expect lower CRS thresholds

“Overall, the first three months of 2017 can be viewed rather positively on reflection. The improvements made last November have had the desired effect of more candidates being invited based on the human capital, skills, and experience. These improvements, past and future, show that the Liberal government is optimizing its economic immigration for the betterment of the country and its economy,” says Attorney David Cohen. “And if draw sizes remain relatively large — or increase again — we may see lower CRS thresholds deeper into 2017.

Getting into the Express Entry Pool

“There are many steps that individuals may take towards realizing their Canadian immigration goals through Express Entry, depending on where they are in the process. Getting into the pool with an accurate, up-to-date profile is the first, and after this point it’s about being proactive, keeping track of PNP updates and developments, and finding other potential ways to improve your chances of selection.


“Once an ITA has been obtained, it is then crucial to have documents and forms prepared and reviewed so that you can join the more than 43,000 individuals who have already made Canada their home through Express Entry.”

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