As more Nigerians and citizens of other countries continue to intensify efforts to migrate to Canada, the Canadian Government invited 7,200 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residency in the latest draws held on November 13th and 27th respectively.
According to the latest Canada Immigration Newsletter, the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required dropped to 471. This is a reduction of one point from the previous Express Entry draw held on November 13, which had a cut-off score of 472.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied a tie-break time and date of November 11, 2019, in the latest draws. This means that all candidates with a score of 471, who submitted their profiles before this date and time, received an ITA.
Permanent Residency issued hits 78,900 in 2019
The latest draws bring the number of Express Entry candidates who have received an Invitation to Apply in 2019 alone to 78,900. With the latest figure, Invitation to Apply for permanent residency issued so far in 2019 is just 11,000 shy of last year’s record of 89,800 invitations with just over a month left in 2019.
Specifically, three more draws are expected before the year ends, regardless of whether this record stands or falls, the year 2020 will see the admissions target rise to 85,800 for the three Express Entry-managed immigration programs, up from 81,400 this year.
Candidates may consider Provincial Nominee Program
The admissions target for Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program, or PNP, is also set to increase from 61,000 to 67,800 in 2020, a portion of which is managed by the Express Entry system.
Express Entry candidates, who obtain a provincial nomination, receive an additional 600 points toward their CRS score and are effectively guaranteed an invitation from the Government of Canada to apply for Canadian permanent residency.
Nine Canadian provinces and two territories have so-called “enhanced” provincial nominee streams that are linked to the Express Entry system. These streams allow these provinces and territories to invite Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.
About Canada Express Entry
The Express Entry system is Canada’s principal source of skilled foreign workers. It manages the profiles of candidates for Canada’s three Federal High Skilled economic class immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class.
Eligible candidates are entered into the Express Entry pool and are ranked based on a CRS score that considers factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French language.
Eligible candidates for these categories are entered into the Express Entry pool and assigned a ranking score based on factors such as age, education, work experience, and proficiency in English or French.
Factors that can affect the cut-off CRS score include the size of the draw (larger draws can produce a lower minimum CRS score) and the time between draws (shorter periods between draws can help to lower the CRS score).