Canada’s Express Entry class has been in operation for over six months and has been positive for many candidates. Express Entry Eligible candidates may submit a profile into the Express Entry pool, where they are ranked according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The government of Canada selects the top-ranked candidates on a priority basis when it performs one of its frequent draws from the pool. Candidates who are issued an invitation to apply for permanent residence then have 60 days to submit a complete e-application, from which point the government of Canada aims to process the application within six months. A number of early applicants have had their applications processed in under half that time. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has released a report with an update as to the status and found the following (based on data as at July 6th):
- The pool is growing by about 1,500 persons/profiles per week.
- The number of profiles completed was 112,701, with 48,723 of these not being eligible. The size of the pool is expected to remain large.
- The most dominant countries of citizenship of invited candidates are India and the Philippines, each of which supplied around one-fifth of those invited to apply.
- A large number of foreign nationals already working in Canada have received invitations to apply because they have job offers supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). This was especially the case during the earlier draws, and has resulted in Canada being the dominant country of residence for invited candidates (85.5% of all invited candidates).
- Through the first 11 draws, 29.4% of those invited to apply did not have a qualifying job offer or enhanced provincial nomination certificate.
- 65% had a qualifying job offer.
- 5.4% had an enhanced provincial nomination certificate.
- Discounting the first four draws, however — in which only applicants with a CRS score above 600 were invited to apply — 41% of those invited to apply did not have a qualifying job offer or an enhanced provincial nomination certificate.
- A majority of candidates selected in the sixth (March 27), eighth (April 17) and eleventh (June 27) draws had neither a qualifying job offer nor a provincial nomination certificate.
- A majority (65.78%) of candidates in the pool had between 300 and 400 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.
- A total of 5,534 of the overall 12,928 invitations to apply issued had been to candidates under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), with Federal Skilled Workers (FSW, 4,809), Federal Skilled Trades (FST, 1,887) and Provincial Nominees (PN, 698) following. Though provincial nominees have provided the fewest invitees so far, the number of candidates being invited to apply having obtained an enhanced provincial nomination certificate has increased over the most recent draws. This is likely because certain provinces have had the time to assess applications submitted earlier this year.
A number of candidates issued invitations to apply in the late July draw had been in the pool for some time; these candidates made efforts to increase their CRS score and ranking by, for example, re-taking language tests and achieving better scores, or gaining additional work experience. The thirteenth draw may also be seen as a positive development for candidates in the pool who did not receive an invitation to apply this time around, as the number of CRS points required has been decreasing across the most recent four draws. With an increasing number of Canadian provinces having introduced Express Entry streams as part of their Provincial Nominee Programs, candidates in the Express Entry pool are seeing an increasing number of options and opportunities for obtaining the all-important invitation to apply. Source: http://www.cicnews.com The Visa Centre in affiliation with a Regulated Canadian Consultant can help you see if you’re eligible to migrate to Canada. Contact us for further information.