The Government of Canada kicked off the new Express Entry year in an impressive style Wednesday, issuing 3,999 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to candidates with scores as low as 471, in the first Canada Express Entry Draw 2020.
This was the highest number of invitations issued in a first draw of the year in Express Entry’s five-year history, marking the start of a 12-month cycle that is expected to see Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) break last year’s Express Entry record of 89,800 Invitations to Apply (ITAs).
In order to meet its higher 2020 targets, it is expected that IRCC will have to issue more ITAs over the course of this year than it did in 2018. Last year saw IRCC gradually increase draw sizes, from 2,750 ITAs to 3,900.
If a similar pattern continues this year, draws of 3,999 ITAs could grow larger — and larger draw sizes could affect the minimum score if they are held on a regular basis and we hope the draws are going to come down.
Today’s minimum score of 471 was 10 points higher than the previous invitation round on December 19 2018.
One cause of this is the time between draws. Longer periods between draws mean more candidates can enter the Express Entry pool or take steps to increase their existing scores.
One example of this would be provincial nominee programs. A candidate in the Express Entry pool who receives a provincial nomination obtains an additional 600 points toward their CRS score. In addition to increasing its Express Entry targets for 2018, Canada also increased its PNP target significantly.
The December 19 minimum score of 439 reflected the fact only one week passed between that draw and the one before it on December 12, which had a cut-off score of 445.
Canada’s Express Entry system had a banner 2018, and the coming year could be even more exceptional.
Some of the top 10 invited Occupations for the year 2018 were shown below for your reference and it could be applicable for 2019 too
Under Canada’s latest three-year immigration levels plan, total immigration is expected to reach 350,000 new permanent residents in the year 2021.
This represents an immigration level of nearly one percent of Canada’s population, which the Conference Board of Canada says must be reached by 2030 to ensure modest population and economic growth.
Nearly 60 per cent of all new permanent residents expected this year are slated to arrive through economic immigration programs. Of these, four programs — the three Federal High Skilled programs managed by Canada’s Express Entry system and the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) — are expected to account for nearly 75 per cent of all economic admissions.
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