For the first quarter of 2018 in Canadian immigration, the system of Express Entry is the largest source of new immigrants. Here is a comparison of 2017 and 2018.
An Express Entry Overview
The system of Express Entry works the online system and manages all Canadian immigration applications electronically. The three programs covered in it are the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trade. Success in any of the above programs leads to becoming a permanent resident in Canada. Moreover, it also gives them the ability to reside and work in any place in Canada.
The Canada Immigration Process
The applying process for Express Entry programs
is easy. Firstly, the candidate must create a profile in Express Entry. This online profile shows the age, education, proficiency in a language, work experience, and other details. Such profiles get an automatic score out of 1200 points, depending on the data provided in the profile. It is the Comprehensive Ranking System score which is used in giving a rank to all of the profiles.
Express Entry draw
As a result, the Canadian government arranges an Express Entry draw every two weeks. It gives Invitations to Apply to the profiles figuring in Express Entry pool
. This depends on the highest CRS scores. On getting the ITA, a person gets 90 days for submitting an official application to seek permanent residence.
TARGETS of EXPRESS ENTRY IN 2018
The immigration target for 2018, as mentioned by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, is to welcome 177,500 new immigrants into the country. Canada will use the economic immigration programs in this process. The break up is first, 74,900 by using Federal High Skilled Programs. After this, 55,000 is the target, by using Provincial Nominee Programs
. Many immigrants will go through the Express Entry system.
INVITATIONS TO APPLY For Canadian PR
During the first quarter of 2018, IRCC has issued 17,500 ITAs to the candidates who have the Express Entry profiles. In 2017 this figure was 24,652.Presently, Canada has a high immigration target compared to last year. IRCC has to eventually decide to opt for more draws in the remaining three quarters to meet the yearly target for immigration. This measure will help to make up for the low numbers of ITAs issued in the initial quarter of the year.
In the ITAs issued during the EE draws in the first quarter of 2018, IRCC was fairly consistent. These draws issued either 2,750 or 3,000 ITAs.
During the first quarter of 2018, the least CRS score to receive an ITA was stable and had a range between 442 and 456 points. In 2017, the CRS score had dropped because IRCC had increased the number of ITAs issued.
Furthermore, the country has to meet the immigration targets; we can expect that IRCC will take the steps to issue around 3,000 ITAs in every round. Moreover, if this trend is consistent in the future round, the minimum CRS score is likely to decline with the progress of the year. The figures of the first quarter of 2018 in the last four years show that 2018 holds the record of lowest average in CRS score.