Immigrating to Canada can be a confusing business. Depending on the program you want to utilize, and there are many to choose from. It is important to be aware of the rules and regulations for the program you would like to participate in. At AllCleared, we are here to help. Immigration Canada has just issued a new invitation to apply. Below you will find more information. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Candidates are ranked based on a score awarded under Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) that considers factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and language ability in English or French.

A set number of the highest-ranked candidates receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence, or ITA, through regular draws from the pool and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) aims to process applications for permanent residence within 6 months.

The time between draws is an important factor that can have an effect on the CRS cut-off score. A shorter interval between draws means fewer candidates have time to enter a profile in the Express Entry pool. Draw size is also an important determinant of the CRS cut-off — larger draws allow IRCC to go deeper into the pool and can result in candidates with lower CRS scores receiving an ITA.

RCC has now issued 49,000 ITAs so far in 2019. With Canada’s expanded admissions targets for the three Express Entry-managed programs and its Provincial Nominee Program, which is also partially managed by Express Entry system, it remains possible that IRCC will exceed its ITA record of 89,800 that was set last year.


Minimum CRS and ITAS issued in 2019

Over the past two weeks, Express Entry-linked provincial nominee streams in Ontario, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and British Columbia have invited Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

Annual Targets and ITAS

A new Express Entry draw took place Monday, August 12, in which a total of 3,600 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with scores of 466 and above. In order to enter the Express Entry pool, candidates must first meet the eligibility requirements for one of Canada’s three Federal High Skilled economic-class immigration categories —the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class.

IRCC applied a tie break in the August 12 draw of August 6, 2019, at 12:14:53 UTC.

This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 466, as well as those with scores of 466 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time, received an ITA.

This continued IRCC’s trend of issuing 3,600 ITAs that has now defined each of the three draws held since July 10. This is an increase of 250 over the 3,350 ITAs issued in each of the 10 all-program Express Entry draws held between January 30 and June 26, 2019.

A higher number of ITAs this year may be necessary given Canada expanded admissions targets for 2019 and 2020.

Express Entry-linked nomination streams in Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta have been active in recent weeks, with Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream alone issuing 1,773 invitations to Express Entry candidates with work experience in six tech occupations and CRS scores as low as 435, among other criteria.

In Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program issued 104 invitations through its Express Entry sub-category to candidates with work experience in one of 19 in-demand occupations in the province, among other qualifications.

Alberta has selected Express Entry candidates with CRS scores as low as 300 through the Alberta Express Entry Stream on four occasions in 2019. Three draws had a minimum CRS score of 301 and one other had a cut-off CRS score of 302. The most recent Alberta draw held on July 24 invited 202 Express Entry candidates with scores as low as 303.

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