The record for invitations issued in a single year via Express Entry is about to be smashed two years in a row as the draw held on Wednesday brings invitations for the year 2018 to 85,900.
The Canadian government approved 3,900 invitations to apply (ITA) for permanent residence visa yesterday, 12 December 2018, which brought the total number of ITAs issued so far this year to a total number of 85,900. This figure is merely 123 short of last year’s record-breaking 86,023 ITAs, hence holding the possibility of another record-breaking year.
This becomes almost inevitable because express entry invitation round is held every two weeks by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), implying the possibility of another draw before the end of the year which will definitely shatter last year’s record.
This time last year, 83,237 ITAs had been issued by IRCC before a final draw held on 20 December 2017 moved the year’s total to 86,023. In the same vein, one more round is still expected for this year which will take ITA for this year above last year’s.
Getting Express Entry ITA
The Comprehensive Ranking System determines the position of candidates in the Canadian entry pool. A predetermined number of the highest ranked candidates are issued ITAs.
In the latest invitation round, ITAs were issued to all candidates who had CRS score higher than 445 and entered their profile in the pool before 28 November at 09:51:43 UTC.
The most valuable factor under the comprehensive ranking system (CRS) is a nomination from a province as this results in an extra 600 points. This is usually enough to get ITA; in 2018, required points have been as low as 440.
Other factors considered in the ranking score are education, work, age, and English or French proficiency.
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