Largest Express Entry draw of 2018 issues 3,900 invitations to apply
On September 5 The Government of Canada held its largest Express Entry draw of 2018, issuing 3,900 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence. This is the fourth all-program draw in 2018 with a minimum score of 440, which is the lowest Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score drawn in 2018 to date.
The tie-break date and time used in this draw was April 29, 2018. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 440, as well as those candidates with scores of 440 who submitted their profile before this specified date and time, received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in this invitation round. Candidates are ranked according to their CRS score and the highest-ranked candidates are issued an ITA through regular invitation rounds.
This draw broke the trend of issuing 3,750 ITAs that was first established by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on June 13 and characterized the six draws held since then. Throughout 2018, IRCC has issued a set number of ITAs over a series of draws, and then raised the number of ITAs by increments of 250 or 500. Draw sizes began at 2,750 at the start of 2018 and have increased incrementally to the current size of 3,900 ITAs.
Quebec’s popular Immigrant Investor Program reopens September 10
The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program will reopen September 10 for a total of 1,900 applications.
This typically popular program is the only provincial immigration stream that allows applicants to obtain permanent residence through a passive investment.
This means that candidates are only required to make an investment in Quebec for a five-year term, whereas many Canadian provinces have immigration streams for entrepreneurs that require candidates to actively run a business.
As a result, quotas for the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) generally fill quickly. A maximum of 1,330 applications will be accepted from China (including Hong Kong and Macau) during the intake period, which is scheduled to remain open until March 15, 2019.