ITA (invitations to apply) handed out in the Express Entry 2019 and 2020 PR draws could be significantly higher than 2018, according to projections. This is astounding given that Canada’s 3 Federal immigration programs issues a record 89,800 invitations in 2018!

That’s the most issued in a single year since the program’s introduction in January of 2015.

The previous record of 86,023 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) was set in 2017 and, like this record; it appears likely that 2018’s ITA total will be exceed once again by the end of the New Year.

Under Canada’s ambitions immigration plans, the admissions target through the three Federal Skills programs managed by the Express Entry system— the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) — is set to increase in 2019 by 6,500. It will rise again in 2020, by another 4,400.

In order to meet these increased admissions targets, for the number of PR invitations (ITA) issued in the pools will likely also rise.

How are they going to do it?

If the IRCC is to issue more ITAs in 2019 than it did in 2018, either the draw sizes will need to be bigger, or the IRCC will have to hold draws more frequently than the current interval between draws, which is typically every two weeks.

While it remains to be seen what strategy will actually be pursued in the coming year, it concluded the previous year on a note that may be indicative of things to come. Immigration refugees and citizenship Canada IRCC announced its 107th CRS draw on 19th December 2018 with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off threshold of 439 points, representing the lowest threshold so far this year. Nearly 4000 applicants received invitations.

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