Express Entry Draw #108: 10th January, 2019
The Government of Canada started the new Express Entry year in an impressive style on 10th January, issuing 3,900 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to applicants with CRS scores as low as 449.
By issuing 3,900 ITAs, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) not only continued the trend seen in the last seven draws of 2018 but also marks the highest number of invitations issued in a first draw of the year in Express Entry’s five-year history as it beat the previous high set in 2016, by nearly 1,000 ITAs. It was also 1,150 higher than the first draw of 2018, a year that set the current annual Express Entry invitation record.
Today’s minimum score of 449 was 10 points higher than the previous invitation round that took place on December 19, a result of the three weeks that elapsed between draws. Longer periods between draws enable more candidates to enter the Express Entry pool or take steps to improve their existing scores.
On October 31, 2018, the government of Canada revealed its updated Canada Immigration Levels Plan for 2019-2021, which outlined Canada’s commitment to increase the numbers accepted through the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class. Canada has an admissions target of 81,400 through these programs for 2019, compared to 74,900 of 2018.
In order to meet its higher 2019 target, it can be expected that IRCC will issue more ITAs this year than it did in the last year. 2018 saw IRCC gradually increasing draw sizes, from 2,750 ITAs to 3,900.
If a similar pattern continues over the course of this year, draws of 3,900 ITAs could grow larger and this could directly affect the minimum score.
As in recent draws, IRCC used its tie-break rule in the January 10 draw as well, meaning that candidates with 449 CRS points, who have had a profile in the pool before January 2, 2019 at 11:40:53 UTC got Invitation to Apply (ITA).
Invited candidates have to submit a complete Canadian permanent residence application to the Government of Canada within 60 days from the date of receiving their ITA.