Express Entry is now the main source of permanent residence applications
Since January 2015 the introduction of Canada’s Express Entry economic immigration selection system has come a long way.
Express Entry manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s main economic immigration categories — Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class — and has now issued more than 213,000 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence over the course of 100 draws, a milestone that it reached this week.
Candidates are given a score based on Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and the highest-ranked are drawn from the pool through invitation rounds that take place roughly every two weeks. Those drawn are issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and have 60 days to submit a complete application for Canadian permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). IRCC says 80 per cent of applications are processed in six months or less.
The Express Entry pool is now the main source of permanent residence applications for the economic immigration category of IRCC’s Multi-Year Immigration Levels Plan, which was introduced in November 2017. Total admissions to Canada through Express Entry (principal applicants and family members) have grown substantially year-over-year since the system’s inception, from 9,800 in 2015 to 33,415 in 2016 and 65,420 in 2017.
IRCC says Express Entry admissions for the current year stood at 61,710 as of July 31. Canada has a target of 74,900 admissions for 2018 through the three economic immigration categories managed by Express Entry. This target will increase to 81,400 in 2019 and 85,800 in 2020 under the Multi-Year Levels Immigration plan.
Growing focus on ‘human capital’
Since Express Entry’s introduction in 2015, the Government of Canada has introduced a number of important innovations to ensure the system meets the country’s economic immigration priorities. Those changes culminated this year with IRCC’s new, more standardized approach to Express Entry invitation rounds.
A key indicator of Express Entry’s evolution over its first 100 draws are the occupations of those who have received an ITA. In its first two years of operation, Food Service Supervisors and Cooks figured among the top five occupations of those invited through Express Entry. In 2017, Food Service Supervisors dropped to 14th place and Cooks ranked 28th.
The top five occupations in 2017 were Information Systems Analysts and Consultants, Software Engineers, Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers, Financial Auditors and Accountants and Administrative Assistants.
Rare Monday Express Entry draw drops CRS to 284 for Federal Skilled Trades candidates
he Government of Canada has issued 400 invitations to Express Entry candidates in the Federal Skilled Trades Class in a rare Monday draw held September 24. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for this draw was 284.
The tie-break date and time for this draw of February 18, 2018, at 12:31:16 UTC. This means that all Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) candidates with a score of 284 or above who submitted their Express Entry profile before this date and time were issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in this draw.
Today’s draw was the 100th invitation round through the federal Express Entry system, which was introduced in January 2015 to manage applications to Canada’s three main economic immigration categories — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.
Candidates who received an ITA in today’s invitation round now have 60 days to submit a complete application for permanent residence to the Government of Canada.