The government of Canada invited 85,300 candidates across the globe to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency in 2019. This was lower than the 89,800 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued in the previous year.
According to the report released by Canadian Immigration Newsletter, Canada’s Express Entry system kept both candidates and observers on their toes in 2019 with a number of unexpected twists and turns.
Permanent Residency Invitations issued in 2019
According to the Canadian Immigration newsletter, a defining development in 2019 was the deviation of Canada’s federal immigration ministry, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), from the pattern it established in 2018 that saw draw sizes increase from 2,750 to 3,900 ITAs every two to three months.
- Given Canada’s higher 2019 admissions targets, it was expected that the number of Express Entry candidates invited in 2019 would surpass the recorded 89,800 ITAs issued in 2018. However, the IRCC held a total of 26 draws from the Express Entry pool over the course of 2019.
- The last three months of 2019 were cases in point, as draw sizes rose briefly to 3,900 ITAs in October then dropped to 3,600 in November and finished the year with two December invitation rounds of 3,200 ITAs each.
- However, one explanation for 2019 falling short is the possibility that IRCC had to keep the number of ITAs issued down, in order to maintain its processing standard of six months for permanent residence applications filed through the Express Entry system.
Minimum cut-off score jumped
The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for 2019 was higher when compared to 2017’s record low of 413. The higher minimum-required score that characterized Express Entry draws in 2019 may be attributed to a combination of the smaller draw sizes throughout the year and the fact that IRCC allowed more than the usual two weeks elapse between draws on four occasions.
- Over the 26 all-program draws held in 2019, the cut-off score ranged from a low of 438 on January 30 to a high of 475 on October 30.
- ITAs are issued to Express Entry candidates based on their CRS scores, which is determined by age, level of education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French, among other factors.
- Another factor that could help explain the higher minimum required CRS scores in 2019 is the growing number of Express Entry candidates who are receiving provincial nominations, and the 600 additional CRS points that come with one.
A new admission target in 2020
Based on Canada’s multi-year immigration levels plan, 2020 will see the target for new permanent residents admitted through the three Express Entry-managed immigration programs rise to 85,800.
- The target for new permanent resident admissions through the three Federal High-Skilled programs is slated to rise to 85,800 in 2020 and 88,800 in 2021.
- The target for Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program is also set to rise to 67,800 in 2020 and 71,300 in 2021.
- Note that the re-election of the Justin Trudeau-led Liberal Party in Canada’s federal election last October means admissions targets will likely rise again in 2022 and 2023.
- In 2017, Trudeau’s Liberals introduced the multi-year immigration targets that would see total admissions of new permanent residents to Canada reach 350,000 in 2021.
- According to the mandate Letter issued to Canada’s new immigration minister, Marco Mendicino, there is a renewed call for “modest and responsible” rise in Canada’s immigration levels over the coming years.
Chad’s President Deby dies of injuries suffered on the frontlines, as son takes over
The President had visited the frontlines to share his election victory with the soldiers before the unfortunate incident.
President Idriss Deby of Chad has died of injuries suffered on the frontlines when some terrorists attacked the army. The President had visited the frontlines to share his election victory with the soldiers before the unfortunate incident.
The departure of the newly re-elected President was disclosed by the AFP News Agency on Tuesday through its Twitter handle.
It tweeted, “#UPDATE Chad’s newly re-elected President Idriss Deby Itno, in power for three decades, died Tuesday of injuries while fighting rebels in the north of the Sahel country, the army says.”
Meanwhile, a four-star general who is a son of Chad’s slain president Idriss Deby Itno will replace him at the head of a military council, the army announced Tuesday.
“A military council has been set up headed by his son, General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno,” the army’s spokesman, General Azem Bermandoa Agouna, said on state radio, shortly after the announcement that the newly re-elected president had died of wounds while fighting rebels in the north of Chad.
Elon Musk loses an estimated $6bn after a Tesla car accident killed two people
Elon Musk’s net worth dipped by $6 billion following a tragic Tesla car accident that killed two people.
The second richest man in the world, Elon Musk, witnessed his wealth shed an estimated $6bn after a Tesla car was involved in an accident that led to the death of two people.
Tesla stocks dropped by 3.8% after the news of the crash went mainstream. The resultant effect on Elon Musk’s wealth was a $5.71bn loss in a single day.
Two men lost their lives on Saturday night in Houston when their 2019 Tesla model car slammed into a tree. Police authorities on sight claimed the car might have been on autopilot due to the sitting position of the corpses.
They also struggled to put out the fire from the Tesla car and even called Tesla for help. The death of the two men has sparked a heated argument between Tesla and its critics. Autopilot or not?
Although police officers’ assertion that the car may have been on autopilot remains unconfirmed, it has raised serious uncertainty about the safety of Tesla’s autopilot feature and Tesla’s critics are not backing down on this.
Elon Musk reacts
Elon Musk has reacted to the news, insisting that the autopilot feature in the crashed vehicle was not enabled. According to him, the Wall Street Journal’s coverage of the accident was not professional.
What you should know
Elon Musk is now worth $183bn following the recent drop. He closed the gap on Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to $4bn early last week. The gap has widened to $14bn today.
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