A total of 3,500 Express Entry candidates have been invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a new Express Entry draw held on September 19. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score was 441.
The tie-break date and time used in this draw was September 6, 2018 at 10:28:45 UTC, meaning that all the candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking Score of 441 and above, who submitted their profile before this specified date and time, received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in this invitation round.
The draw size was smaller than the previous Express Entry draw on September 5, which issued 3,900 ITAs but it is still larger than the number of ITAs that the Government of Canada was issuing in draws around this same point in 2017 when draw sizes dropped below 3,000.
The Express Entry System manages the profile of candidates in three main federal economic immigration categories- the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trade Class, and the Canadian Experience Class. The candidates are ranked on the basis of their CRS score and the highest-ranked candidates are issued an ITA through regular invitation rounds.
The candidates can also improve their ranking in a number of ways, including provincial nominations that result in 600 additional CRS points.
Express Entry linked Provincial Nominee Programs have been extremely active and innovative in 2018. One of the most active and innovative- Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream- recently altered its CRS minimum requirement from 400 to a minimum score that will be determined by the director of Ontario Immigrant Nominee program.
IRCC has issued a total of 62,100 ITAs over 19 draws in 2018, putting it slightly ahead of the 60,742 ITAs that were issued over the first 19 draws of 2017.
However, IRCC has issued 66,549 ITAs in 2017 by the same time in September, which leaves IRCC 4,449 ITAs behind last year’s pace.
A total of 86,023 ITAs were issued in 2017. Provided Canada’s increased admission targets for both 2018 and 2019, it remains possible that this year’s total could surpass the number of ITAs issued in the previous year.