Great Start in November for Express Entry Targets of 2018

The month of November has seen a flurry of activities for Express Entry System of Canada. Four draws have been conducted in the first three weeks as per this system.

The Govt. of Canada had announced new multi-year targets of immigration for 2018-2020. This accounted for the start of these weekly draws. These targets could cause nearly 20% rise in number of candidates, who will be granted PR (Permanent Residency) via economic programs as per the Federal Express Entry System, through these three years.

Ever since this announcement had been made, nearly 5545 Invitations to Apply (ITA’s) have been issued already in November, adding to the breaking of records of Express Entry System in 2017.a

There has been a total of 28 draws in 2017, which have resulted in issue of over 80,500 ITA’s. This is a big improvement over 31,063 in 2015, the year of start of the Express Entry scheme and 33,782 ITA’s which were issued in 2016. Meanwhile, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been able to mostly adhere to its promise of a processing period of 6 months.

Higher targets and lower scores:

After the setting of higher targets for 2018 categories for economic immigration to Canada, It is necessary for IRCC to conducteither frequent or bigger draws from Express Entry pool in the New Year. These scenarios could have the impact of lowering the cut-off score of CRS.

Mostly, in 2017, CRS cut-off scores have hovered around low 400’s to high 450’s, the average score being 430. This is a major improvement over 2016 which featured draws with low ITA’s and high CRS scores for cut-off. The least CRS score in 2016 was 453. With the prospect of issue of additional ITA’s in 2018 as compared to 2017, the CRS cut-off is expected to drop further.

It is worthy to note a few outstanding 2017 draws, particularly on Nov 1st and May 26th. These targeted candidates nominated by the provinces and as per the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC). These saw the peaking of scores as high as 775 points for sake of provincial nominees (they have an extra 600 CRS points) and drop as low as 199 for FSTC candidates. They are able to enter the Express Entry pool in spite of low language scores compared to candidates of Canadian Experience Class or the Federal Skilled Worker Class.

It has been observed that CRS cut-off scores have been substantially reduced by program specific draws like FSTC draws for the Express entry system.

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