Express entry program - 41,800 candidates invited to apply for permanent residence in the first half
The Express Entry System saw exponential growth with the first half of 2019 being the busiest period for Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) since it started operating in January 2017. In the first half of 2019, IRCC held 13 draws and issued a total of 41,800 invitations to apply (ITAs).
The Express Entry System is Canada’s primary source of Skilled Workers which manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three Federal High Skilled Immigration programs, namely the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class. The eligible candidates who enter to participate in the program are ranked based on a scoring system which is known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS plays a vital role in determining who gets an ITA.
The candidates with the highest ranking are invited to apply for permanent residence via regular draws from the pool; which generally take place every 2 weeks. A candidate doesn’t require a job offer to enter or to be selected from the Express Entry Pool.
To be eligible for the program, there’s a minimum score which is set for each draw. The CRS awards point to each applicant based on factors such as age, qualification level, skills level, occupation, English or French proficiency and Family ties in Canada.
The first step towards moving to Canada or becoming a Permanent Resident is to submit a complete application of permanent residency. The candidates who are issued ITAs are given 60 days to complete the application process.
The fiscal year 2018 saw a total of 92,000 Express Entry candidates with their families getting admitted to Canada as Permanent residents. For 2019, the government has set higher targets for Express Entry and provincial nominee programs.