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Canada: Indian citizens are dominating the top rank for most ITAs issued since 2017.

According to the 2019 Express Entry Year-End Report, candidates who received the highest number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for their Permanent Residence under the Express Entry system of Canada were of Indian nationality. About 85,300 ITAs were issued to Express Entry candidates, and around 40,275 of those ITAs were issued to citizens of India.

CountryITA’s Issued in 2019Percentage of total ITA’s issued
India          40,275         47%
Nigeria      5,8867%
China         5,6687%
Pakistan   2,5093%
United Kingdom2,1282%
Brazil         1,8012%
United States      1,5612%
France      1,4552%
South Korea     1,2251%

Indian citizens are dominating the top rank for most ITAs issued since 2017 and are followed by Nigerian and Chinese citizens.

Indian citizens are leading the race not because of the preference of the Canadian government but because of their competitive Express Entry profiles and their high scores in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

ITA’s are issued to a certain number of top-ranked candidates in the Express Entry pools to apply for their permanent residence in the regular draws that usually takes place every two weeks and incorporates the vast majority of candidates from the three main economic classes managed by express entry.

Candidates who receive Invitations to apply are not guaranteed to become permanent residents but are made eligible by the Canadian government to apply for Permanent Residence.

Canada’s Express Entry System manages applications for Permanent Residence through three Federal Immigration Programs that are; The Federal Skilled Workers Program, The Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.

In the process of selecting candidates to be invited for permanent residence, the CRS score remains the top priority and the primary factor. Comprehensive Ranking System is used to rank Express Entry candidates based on certain factors like age, education, language proficiency in English or French, and work experience. The cut-off CRS score can be influenced by certain factors such as the size of the draw and time span between draws. This implies that the CRS cut-off score would be lower if the pool size if bigger and if there is less time span between two draws and vice-versa.

The standard time that is taken for a permanent residence application filed through the Express Entry System to process takes around six months, as stated by the Government of Canada.

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