In 2017, bigger percentage of ITAs were issued to candidates without a job offer- confirms a recent statistics

Posted on January 5, 2018

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) revealed a new statistics which show that in 2017, candidates even without a Canadian job offer were lucky to receive an ITA. IRCC says that during the first half of 2017, 90% of successful applicants who received ITA did not have any Canadian job offer. Astonishingly, this number eventually went higher after IRCC reduced the number of points for a valid job offer in hand.

“Dropping the value of a job offer has brought more objectivity to Express Entry’s ranking system, and that’s good news for candidates who are relying on their core CRS scores. Candidates should also remember that Express Entry’s ranking system is dynamic, meaning their scores, and their ranking, can be improved.”- a statement from the CIC news.

The IRCC report compares the figures of eleven months and the last one month which witnessed several changes in the Express Entry CRS system.  This comparison highlights:

  • Till November only 62 percent of candidates of candidates without a job offer received ITA; after the rule change, it increased to 90 percent.
  • Among the candidates who were invited before rule change, 30 percent had Canadian education; in the later month this factor showed an increase to 40 percent
  • Candidates invited on FSW visa increased from 25 percent to 48 percent in the stated span
  • There was a massive increase in the number of profiles who were deemed eligible after the changes.
  • The changes also brought in a good shift in the targeted occupations and the nationality of candidates who received ITA. Indians remained to receive largest ITAs while citizens of UK and US experienced a drastic fall in the number count.
  • Time expansion also helped many to submit applications on time; cutting a large number of missed applications.
  • The gender gap also seemed to narrow among the invited candidates

Source: CIC news