As per the 2018 year-end report issued by IRCC on 2nd July 2019, more than 92,000 new permanent residents have been admitted to Canada via its Express Entry system. This marks an overall rise of 41% in the previous year s numbers.
This came as a result of higher admission targets set by the Canadian Government under key Federal High Skilled economic-class immigration streams, including:
As per the report, around 280,000 Express Entry candidates submitted their profiles in 2018, out of which, 70% were eligible for any one of the above-stated programs.
Among 89,800 Express Entry profiles, which obtained ITAs for Canadian permanent residence in 2018, the candidates under Federal Skilled Worker Class got 53% of ITAs, i.e. 47,523 out of 89,800 ITAs.The candidates under the Canadian Experience Class got the second highest number of ITAs, i.e. 30,571 while 904 ITAs were sent to candidates under the Federal Skilled Trades Class. Also, a total of 10,802 candidates (Express Entry) with a provincial nomination also received ITAs in 2018.
Canada’s overall admissions target in 2018 raised for all the 3 programs which are managed by the Express Entry system. Canada has also expanded PNP admission targets up to 55,000 in the year 2018. All the numbers are set to rise further by the end of 2021.
As per the statement issued by IRCC, "Many invited candidates are only admitted the following year. IRCC attributed the increase in Express Entry admissions last year to a large number of Federal High Skilled candidates who were processed in 2017 but only admitted in 2018. Additional Express Entry candidates who were processed and admitted through the PNP in 2018 also contributed to the spike."
An Express Entry system of Canada manages the candidate pool for three key programs, including Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trades Class. Eligible candidates, then enter into the pool where they get ranked on the basis of a CRS score that is awarded to them as per a few key selection factors, like, age, education, proficiency in English or French and skilled work experience. The candidates with higher-ranked have then issued an ITA for Canadian permanent residence via regular draws from the Express Entry pool, which take place in every two weeks.
Indian citizens and Software Engineers took the lead in receiving maximum ITAs last year by dragging Information Systems Analysts and Consultants and Computer programmer at second and third position respectively.
Tables stated below will give you a fair idea about the figures:
|Top 10 Occupations- 2018||Number of invitations||% of all ITAs- 2018|
|Software Engineers (NOC 2173)||6,126||7%|
|Information Systems Analysts and Consultants (NOC 2171)||5,429||6%|
|Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers (NOC 2174)||3,450||4%|
|Financial Auditors and Accountants (NOC 1111)||2,483||3%|
|Administrative Assistants (NOC 1241)||2,335||3%|
|Professional Occupations in Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations (NOC 1123)||2,049||2%|
|University Professors and Lecturers (NOC 4011)||1,942||2%|
|Financial Investment Analysts (NOC 1112)||1,921||2%|
|Professional Occupations in Business Management Consulting (NOC 1122)||1,915||2%|
|Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations Managers (NOC 0124)||1,775||2%|
A provincial nomination is one of the most valuable factors under the EE system and provides an additional 600 CRS points to the candidates who receive a PN, effectively ensuring an ITA for Canadian PR.
In 2018, total 10,802 Express Entry candidates with a PN received an ITA, which amounted to 12% of all ITAs issued in the year 2018. Provinces like, Ontario, New Brunswick, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia saw a rise increases under this category, with Ontario recording a rise of 3,082 ITAs. Out of total 122,247 applications, 78,838 applications had listed Ontario as their province of choice.
Around 22,153 applicants listed British Columbia as their destination of choice, while 8,868 in Alberta, 3,708 in Saskatchewan and 3,532 in Nova Scotia.
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