In the month of June 2018, two Express Entry draws were held in which a total of 7500 candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC) invited 3750 candidates in each two of these all-program draws. These are the largest Express Entry draws to have held in the year 2018 so far.
The year 2018 is witnessing a gradual increase in the number of ITAs sent in each draw. In the two draws held in January, 2750 ITAs were sent in each. Four draws were held in February and March in which 3000 ITAs were sent in each. In the four draws that were held in April and May, 3500 ITAs were sent in each.
Canada has set higher admission targets for the year 2018 and 2019, compared to 2017. It means the draw sizes are likely to grow larger and draws to become more frequent in the months to come. In 2017, the total number of ITAs sent by IRCC was 86,023. In 2018, IRCC has issued total of 39,700 so far, which is almost half of the total number of ITAs sent in 2017.
The larger draw sizes and more frequent draws are also likely to result in minimum required CRS scores coming down further. In the last draw held on June 25, the minimum required CRS score was 442.
Express Entry system
Express Entry is an online system used by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC) to manage applications for permanent residence from skilled workers. The system was first introduced in 2015 and has since been the main driver of economic immigration to Canada. Eligible candidates selected through Express Entry draws are invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The candidates are chosen based on human capital factors, skills, experience etc.
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