Canada’s largest first draw of the year

January 14 2019

The new Express Entry year in impressive style Thursday, issuing 3,900 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to candidates with scores as low as 449.Last year’s Express Entry record was of 89,800 Invitations to Apply (ITAs).Today’s draw beat the previous high for a first draw of year, set in 2016, by nearly 1,000 ITAs and was 1,150 higher than the first draw of 2018, a year that went on to set the current annual Express Entry invitation record.
Under Canada’s new multi-year immigration levels plan, the federal government plans to welcome more Federal High Skilled candidates as permanent residents in 2019 than it did last year. Canada has an admissions target of 81,400 through these programs for 2019, compared to 74,900 last year.In order to meet its higher 2019 and 2020 targets, it is expected that IRCC will have to issue more ITAs over the course of this year than it did in 2018. Last year saw IRCC gradually increase draw sizes, from 2,750 ITAs to 3,900.
Today’s minimum score of 449 was 10 points higher than the previous invitation round on December 19.
Canada also increased its PNP target significantly.

“Today’s draw bodes well for another record-setting year for invitations through Canada’s Express Entry system,” said David Cohen, senior partner with the Campbell Cohen Canadian immigration law firm in Montreal.

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