In the Express Entry draw held on February 20, 3,350 invitations were issued to candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada by the Canadian government bringing the total invitations so far this year to 14,500.
This is the best start to a year the program has ever had since it began in 2015 according to figures from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
In 2018, IRCC achieved a record Express Entry invitations to apply (ITA) of 89,800, but at this time last year, only about 8,500 ITAs have been issued to candidates representing a 70 percent year-on-year increase.
Express Entry system
Canada designed this program to cater to the country's High Skilled economic immigration programs
which include Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Federal Skilled Worker Class. It aids faster immigration process for candidates who got invitations to apply for permanent residence in the country.
Invitations to apply are issued to candidates who rank highest in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)
scores. Each candidate has a CRS score that is based on the evaluation of factors including language proficiency, education, age, and skilled work experience. Invitations are usually issued by IRCC every two weeks.
The minimum CRS score in the latest draw was 457 representing an increase of 19 points in comparison to the previous one held on January 30. The rise in CRS score is said to be as a result of a longer period -three weeks - between the draws because it offers candidates more time to replenish.
The lower CRS score seeing on January 30's draw was due to a shorter time between the draw and the previous one held on January 23 leaving candidates with a lower chance of submitting a profile.
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