2019 could be bigger and better for the Express Entry System in Canada
Ever since its introduction in January 2015, Canada’s Express Entry system has been successfully managing the pool of candidates for the three High Skilled immigration programs. This program issued a record 89800 invitations for Canadian permanent residency in 2018, the most issued in a single year.
Canada has three specific programs that are managed by the Express entry system – The Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Under Canada’s multi-year immigration levels plan the admissions target is set to increase by 6500 in 2019. Further, this is estimated to increase again by 4400 by 2020.
The debate, however, is that in 2019 will there be bigger draws or more frequent draws?
To be able to issue more ITAs in 2019 than the previous year, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will have to either expand the draw sizes or hold more draws more frequently. The current frequency of every two weeks will not suffice.
The draw sizes have been consistently increasing over the past 12 months. The draw sizes began at 2750 ITAs at the beginning of the year and increased in increments of 250 or 500 ITAs every two t three months. The peak size reached was 3900 ITAs that was largely stable between September and December 2018.
The 2018 draw concluded on a great note and a positive indication of the strategy that the IRCC will use in 2019. The data from two draws that took place in on December 12th and 19th shows that when the two draws were held within a week of each other, the CRS (Comprehensive ranking system) score fell from 445 to 439 – that was the lowest recorded score of 2018. This essentially meant that the express entry pool of candidates had less time to replenish and the minimum score went down.
The IRCC would hence hold these draws in less than two weeks apart, but on a more regular basis in order to meet the target for increased admissions in 2019 and 2020.
PNP Growth in 2018 and 2019
There were a number of developments in the Express Entry program in 2018. Among the key developments was the rising number of candidates with provincial nomination. In the PNP (Provincial Nomination Program) – where they nominate a set of immigrants for Canadian permanent residency each year, around nine provinces and two territories participated. Some of these allocations are assigned for enhanced provincial programs that are responsible to nominate the candidates through the Express Entry System. This enhanced provincial nomination receives an additional 600 points towards the overall Express Entry ranking score and effectively guarantees the Express Entry candidate an invitation to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence. Around 12% of the 62500 Express Entry ITAs that were issued during the early 2018 went to the candidates with provincial nomination. apply for canada pr from Canada Pr Visa Consultant In Ahmedabad
Canada’s PNP also saw an increase in its admissions target in 2017 and 2018. In 2019, a further increase of 6000 admissions is projected. PNP is expected to raise the target again in 2020-21. With these changes, the admissions through the PNP program are expected to reach 71300 a good 30% over the 2018’s target.
David Cohen, a senior partner with the Campbell Cohen Canadian immigration law firm said that the Express Entry took off with a great stride in 2018 and will operate at an even higher capacity in 2019. Combined with the PNP, the new year should be a significant one for Canada’s Express Entry System.