The Government of Canada moved another step closer to surpassing the record for invitations issued in a single year through the Express Entry economic immigration system with a new draw held Wednesday.
The 3,900 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence (ITAs) issued today puts the total number issued in 2018 at 85,900 — just 123 shy of last year’s record-setting ITA total of 86,023.
The minimum score in today’s draw was 445, the same as the previous draw on November 28.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) typically holds an Express Entry invitation round every two weeks, which means another draw is possible this year and 2017’s ITA record could fall.
At this same point in 2017, IRCC had issued 83,273 ITAs and finished the year with a draw on December 20.
The federal Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three Federal High Skilled economic immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.
Eligible candidates are given a ranking score based on factors such as age, education, work experience and proficiency in English or French. This score determines their position in the Express Entry pool, and a set number of the highest-ranked are issued ITAs through regular draws from the pool.
IRCC used its tie-break rule in the December 12 draw. The time stamp used was November 28, 2018, at 09:51:43 UTC. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 445, as well as those candidates with scores of 445 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before November 28, 2018, at 09:51:43 UTC, received an ITA in this invitation round.