The mid-year report of Canada's Express Entry system is exceptionally good in terms of the number of invitations issued to Express Entry candidates for permanent residence.
In the first half of 2020, the IRCC had surprisingly issued 49,900 Invitations to Apply to principal applicants from the pool.
This figure is recorded as the highest ever in the first half of the last two years, i.e. 2019 and 2018.
Earlier, the IRCC had issued 41,800 ITAs in 2019 at the same time, i.e. mid-year point.
Even in the middle of the Coronavirus crisis and several temporary travel restrictions, Canada is still working towards achieving the 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Target.
These target were announced a week before implementation of travel measures to curb the impact and spread of Coronavirus.
The IRCC had the time and again held regular Express Entry draws both the largest and smallest in every two weeks time.
With the onset of special COVID-19 measures in place, Minister Mendicino clearly stated that country will remain open for immigration as it would prove to be a key to economic recovery in the near future.
In the first half of the year, the IRCC had announced a total of 21 draws, including the latest 25th June CEC Express Entry draw.
While, at the same time in 2019, there were only 12 EE draws announced by the IRCC.
In January and February, all the draws were happening at a regular pace with an overall hike of 25.5% in the total ITAs being issued in the first quarter in comparison to the last quarter of the year 2019, where 18,000 ITAs were issued to Express Entry candidates.
In this first quarter of 2020, Canada has held one of the biggest Express Entry draws ever.
In a draw which was held on 19th February 2020, a whopping number of 4,500 ITAs were issued to primary applicants to apply for a permanent residence visa in Canada.
This 19th Feb draw was the first to smash all the records and successfully surpassed the last draw which was recorded as the biggest, i.e. 13th April 2017 where a total of 3,923 ITAs was issued.
Canada is aiming to invite over a million newcomers in the next consecutive years and thus, the country is focusing on issuing a large number of invitations in upcoming draws to meet its annual immigration target.
With a target to invite 341,000 new immigrants in 2020, 91,800 places have been allocated for Federal High Skilled workers and 67,800 places are held for the provincial nominee program.
While, the target for 2021 and 2022 is 3,51000 and 3,61000 newcomers, respectively.
Canada’s Express Entry system manages the profiles of skilled foreign workers under three key economic-class immigration programs, including, Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FST), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Due to certain travel restrictions, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has been targeting PNP and CEC candidates specifically over the past 3 months.
The reason behind conducting program-specific draws is clearly justifiable as most of the candidates under PNP and CEC are more likely to be in Canada.
Thus, there are less chances of them to be affected by the current travel restrictions that are in place because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The CRS cut-off requirements for CEC candidates is also declining with every CEC draw since the implementation of travel restrictions.
For instance, in the latest 25th June draw, the cut-off score was as low as 431 points. It is not only 6 points lower than the cut-off score in the last CEC Express Entry draw, which was only 437.
It is in fact recorded as the lowest CRS ever for CEC candidates since the CEC draw held on May 31, 2017, where the cut off was 413.
Since the onset of the Pandemic, we have been encountering a significant downward trend in the CRS requirement. The scores have been declined in recent months making way for more candidates.
In the case of all-program rounds of invitation, where candidates are invited from the entire EE pool, the cut-off scores tend to be higher.
However, for niche draws with a program-specific group of candidates like CEC, the cut-off scores are comparatively lower as a smaller pool of candidates are targeted.
But, in the case of PNP aligned EE draws, the Comprehensive Ranking System score requirements are always high.
A provincial nominee automatically gets added 600 points with the nomination in addition to the overall human capital score.
The lowest CRS cut-off for a PNP draw in the first half of 2020 was 692 in a 29th April draw. But, without a nomination, an applicant is supposed to score only 92 points as a human capital score.
Canadian provinces are also nominating Express Entry candidates for Canadian PR.
Almost all provinces and territories, except Quebec and Nunavut, have enhanced their PNPs that work in association with Express Entry.
The provincial governments nominate EE candidates who can meet labour market needs via their own PNP draws.
You can find out if you are eligible for any immigration program in Canada by taking a free profile assessment online and can accordingly choose the suitable application pathway.
In case, you have tried your luck before but you did not succeed in obtaining an ITA, then you can work upon improving your CRS scores or choose an alternate pathway like, Provincial Nominee Program.
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