The latest draw by the Canadian Government has taken the total number of candidates invited to apply for the Canadian Permanent Residency to 41,800 in the first half of 2019.
According to the Canadian Immigration Newsletter obtained by Nairametrics, the Canadian Government invited 3,350 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency in a draw which held on Wednesday, June 26. It was further revealed that the cut-off score (462) in the latest draw was three points lower than the score (465) used in the previous draw that was held on June 12th.
Cut off drops as bi-weekly draw resumes: The Cut-off for recent draws have started to reduce, and it was revealed that the lower cut-off scores in the last two Express Entry draws may be attributed to the fact Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) returned to this two-week period between draws.
The higher-than-usual cut-off score in the May 29 draw reflected the fact that nearly a month passed between draws involving all three of the main Express Entry-managed immigration programmes.
Invitations higher than Previous year: Following the recent draw, total invitations to apply have already surpassed that of 2018 with 2,100. Last year saw IRCC issue a record 89,800 ITAs, a number it could surpass this year given Canada’s higher admissions targets for both 2019 and 2020 for its three main Express Entry-managed programmes.
Opportunities for International Graduates: Canada’s province, Manitoba, recently invited 450 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian Permanent Residency in an Expression of Interest draw held June 20.
The invitations, known as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs), went to candidates in the Skilled Workers in Manitoba, Skilled Workers Overseas, and International Education streams.
All three streams are part of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Programme (MPNP), which allows the province to nominate immigration candidates with skills required by local employers and the ability to settle quickly and establish themselves economically.
LAAs issued in the June 20 draw broke down as follows:
- Skilled Workers Overseas: 323
- Skilled Workers in Manitoba: 101
- International Education Stream: 26
About Express Entry: Express Entry is a selection system for Canadian immigration, designed to select skilled workers for immigration to Canada. It is completely an electronic process involving the country’s federal government, provincial governments, and Canadian employers.
Also, it manages the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s main federal economic immigration programmes — Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class.
Eligible Candidates: Eligible candidates for these categories are entered into the Express Entry pool and assigned a ranking score based on factors such as age, education, work experience, and proficiency in English or French.
The highest-ranked candidates are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the pool.