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2019’s Mid-year Report of Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs

Posted On: 11-Jul-2019
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2019’s Mid-year Report of Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs

The year 2019 accounts as the most active first half in Canada’s Express Entry history.  The year issued 41,800 invitations for Canadian Permanent Residency in about 13 draws conducted by the IRCC. Since, the journey of Express Entry in 2015, first-half of 2017 had the busier start and then 2018 followed as busier in second-half.

Below you can find the top five half-year’s ITA results:

ITA Results of Top 5 half-years

In the year 2018, a total of 92,000 Express Entry candidates have happily migrated to Canada with their families as permanent residents. This count is about 41% rise from 2017’s percentage. The rise indicates us that Canada is moving ahead in meeting its admission targets by welcoming candidates through Express Entry System and Provincial Nominee Programs. It is aimed that the admission targets set will help in issuing 160,100 new permanent residents in 2021 with the new multi-year immigration levels.

Draw sizes remain balanced

The draw sizes remain stable in the first half of 2019. There was no change in the draw size; it remained constant at 3,350 since the end of the first month. If we consider the other scenarios, there were fluctuations from draw to draw observed in every few weeks.

However, 2019 managed to issue a maximum number of ITAs in its first half of 2019 than that of 2018’s first-half. With higher admissions target set for 2019 and 2020 through Express Entry programs and the PNP, the second half of the years can be expected busier than before.


Source: CIC News

Cut-off score – 2019

The cut-off score is an essential aspect for an Express Entry Draw. Candidates who are planning to get selected in the draws need to have their score above the cut-off score. There are many reasons for the score to get determined. These can include the time gap between the draws, draw sizes, and the total number of people available in the Express Entry pool during the draw.

During the first half of 2019, the range of the cut-off score was from 438 to 470. These were the scores for the draws which were involved with all the three Federal Skilled categories. For a draw subjected to Federal Skilled Trades Class, the minimum score was 332.

There was no lower cut-off score experienced in the first half of 2019. This was mostly because there was more time gap between each draw; more than two weeks.

Below you can find the minimum CRS score and the time interval experienced for the draws held in the first half of 2019:

Minimum CRS score required and Time between all-program draws in 2019

Source: CIC News

PNPs in First-half of 2019

  • In the first half of 2019, the Saskatchewan’s Express Entry sub-category held eight draws and invited 1,166 skilled candidates.
  • Ontario, with its French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream and Skilled Trades Stream, issued 549 and 732 invitations respectively.
  • Also, Nova Scotia’s Labour Market Priorities Stream welcomed 312 Express Entry candidates with eligible work experience in early childhood education.
  • The Alberta Express Entry Stream even issued invitations on 16 occasions; out of this, eight had their minimum scores between 300 and 302.

Based on the report, David Cohen, senior partner of the Campbell, Cohen Canadian immigration law firm in Montreal stated that “The first half of 2019 was certainly impressive in terms of the sheer amount of ITAs issued, and we could very well see it eclipsed by the second half of the year.”

“We are also seeing growing PNP targets and evolving labor market needs, and labor market stream at the provincial level result in more and different Express Entry candidates being able to pursue Canadian permanent residence.”

The second-half of 2019 can be expected much busier with more draws and invitations. This can be a great asset for professionals dreaming for Canada immigration. To get your application process started for Canada PR visa, you can feel free to schedule an appointment.


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