Despite all the hurdles faced due to the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic, Canada is on track to issue a whopping 100,000 Express Entry invitations in 2020.
In March, Canadian Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino had announced that Canada was looking to target issuing around 341,000 Permanent Residence admissions in 2020, but owing to the lockdown and several travel restrictions which were imposed due to the ongoing pandemic caused the decline in immigrants arriving in the country due to which the population growth which was recently recorded was at an all-time low.
Even during these tough times, Canada has been conducting express entry draws at an interval of every two weeks and has given hopes to immigration aspirants as Canada has been conducting record-breaking draws one after another.
The Canadian express entry is an online system that is used to manage the applications of skilled workers for permanent residence and identifying which of them are eligible for the invite.
Express Entry oversees Canada’s three main economic classes which are – the Federal Skilled Workers Program, The Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. 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. In the process of selecting candidates to be invited for permanent residence, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score remains the top priority and the primary factor. The cut-off CRS score can be influenced by certain factors such as the size of the draw and period between draws. This implies that the CRS cut-off score would be lower if the pool size is bigger and if there is less time between two draws and vice-versa. Factors such as age, education, skilled work experience, and proficiency in English and French also play a major role in determining the CRS score. 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.
Recently, in the express entry draw, which was conducted on October 14, we saw over 4,500 invitations to apply being issued, and that made it one of the biggest express entry draw ever.
The draw on 14th October saw Canada increase their tally to 82,850 invitations issued with still two months left for this year to end, which will surely see the number of candidates invited to well over 100,000 even if only 3,500 candidates are invited in all following draws. Upcoming Express Entry draws are scheduled to take place on October 28, November 11, November 25, December 9, and December 23.
These numbers show the commitment of Canada to invite immigrants and boost their population growth as well as their economy and shows that even in the forthcoming years, Canada will be targeting high immigration numbers.