Express Entry: 2018 Quarterly Review

Express Entry: 2018 Quarterly Review

13 Apr, 2018 Express Entry: 2018 Quarterly Review

It’s April, which means we’re three months into Canadian immigration for 2018! As anticipated, the Express Entry system remains the largest source of new immigrants to Canada. We’ve taken a look at the numbers to see how 2018 compares to 2017 for Canada’s Express Entry system. Here’s everything you need to know about Express Entry for the first quarter.

Express Entry: An Overview

The Express Entry system is an online system which electronically manages Canadian immigration applications. There are three programs contained within Express Entry: Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Federal Skilled Trade (FST), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). If a person is successful in any of these programs, they become a Canadian permanent resident granting them the ability to live and work anywhere in Canada!

When applying to any of the Express Entry programs, the first step is creating an Express Entry profile! This is an online profile indicating your age, level of education, language proficiency, and work experience, along with a few more details. Every Express Entry profile is automatically assigned a score out of 1200 points based on the information provided in the profile. This is called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and is used to rank all of the profiles in the system.

Approximately every two weeks, the Canadian government runs an Express Entry draw. In this draw they issue a round of Invitations to Apply (ITA) to the profiles in Express Entry pool who have the highest CRS scores. Once a person has an ITA they have 90 days to submit their official application for permanent residence.

Express Entry 2018: Targets

In the immigration targets plan for 2018, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), announced that they would welcome 177,500 new immigrants to Canada through economic immigration programs. This includes 74,900 through Federal High Skilled Programs and 55,000 through Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). The majority of these immigrants will be processed through the Express Entry system, so we can expect a high volume of immigrants to be processed by the end of the year.

Express Entry 2018: Invitations to Apply (ITAs)

In the first quarter of 2018, IRCC issued 17,500 ITAs to Express Entry profiles. This is compared to a total of 24,652 ITAs issued at the same point in 2017.

While there have been a smaller volume of ITAs issued through the first quarter of 2018, we know that Canada has higher immigration targets this year compared to last year. If IRCC wants to meet its immigration targets for the year, we can expect that the remaining three quarters will make up for the lower numbers of ITAs issued in the first three months of the year.

Additionally, by comparing the number of ITAs issued during each Express Entry draw in the first quarter of 2018, we see that IRCC has been fairly consistent in their numbers. Each draw issued a total of either 2,750 or 3,000 ITAs. Meanwhile, in the same period for 2017, the number of ITAs issued in each round was steadily increasing.

Express Entry 2018: CRS Scores

In the first quarter of 2018, the minimum CRS score required to receive an ITA remained relatively stable, sitting between 442 points and 456 points. During the same period in 2017, the CRS score was consistently dropping as IRCC increased the number of ITAs issued in each round.

As the country still has a long way to go to meet its immigration targets, it is realistic to expect that IRCC will continue issuing 3,000 or more ITAs in each round. Optimistically, if this amount remains consistent from round to round, the minimum CRS score could drop as the year progresses. If we compare the first quarter of 2018 to each of the past four years of Express Entry, we can see that 2018 still holds the record as the requiring the lowest average CRS score required to receive an ITA.

Are you interested in immigrating to Canada through Express Entry? Simply complete our free online assessment and a member of the Canadim Team will assess your eligibility and let you know the best options for your immigration!



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