After an all-time record of issuing of 89,800 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in 2018, Canada is strongly moving ahead to set new records in 2019. The quarterly report of the Express Entry 2019 is out and has officially surpassed the first quarter of 2018.

2019 began with a bang and 21,200 Invitations to Apply for permanent residence are issued to candidates in Canada’s Express Entry system. This strong start led to an increase of 3,700 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) as compared to the first quarter of 2018, which ended with 17,500 invitations issued.

The Express Entry system was introduced in 2015, and the record of issuing the highest number of ITAs stands with the year 2018. As 2019 began in full swing, the quarterly reports affirm that the year is set to beat all the previous records to become an even bigger year for Canada’s target of accepting 350,000 admissions in 2021.

ITAs Issued In the First Draw 2015-2019

YearITAs Issued
January 10, 20193900
January 10, 20182750
January 4, 20172902
January 6, 20161463
January 31, 2015779

Comparing the total number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued in the first draw from 2015 to 2019, it is evident that 2019 issued the highest number of Invitations to Apply in the first draw. Looking into the numbers of 2019 first quarter it is apparent that this year will eventually outperform the year 2017 and 2018, which issued 86,023 and 89,800 ITAs respectively.

So far, seven Express Entry draws have been conducted in 2019. The year started with 3,900 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued in first two draws, which were followed by 3,350 ITAs issued in the next five draws latest being held on April 3, 2019.

The Express Entry is Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC’s) system aimed at managing the intake of economic immigration applications eligible for Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Class (PNC).

Candidates who apply for Permanent Residence in Canada are in Express Entry pool, where their profiles are assessed on factors like core human capital, skill transferability and certain other factors. Each candidate is assigned a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score out of 1200 points; thus, determining their rank in the Express Entry pool.

With Canada aiming to strengthen its human capital by providing Permanent Residence status to interested and eligible individuals across the globe, the Express Entry draw is conducted on a regular basis. With the last three draws conducted in a time interval of two weeks, it can be speculated that coming months will see a rise in Express Entry draws.


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