The Government of Canada invited 3,600 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence in a new draw held November 13.
Today’s draw brings the total number of invitations to apply (ITAs) issued so far this year through Canada’s Express Entry system to 75,300.
The Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three Federal High Skilled economic immigration categories — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class.
A set number of the highest-ranked candidates are issued an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the Express Entry pool, which typically take place every two weeks.
The 3,600 ITAs issued on November’s 13th draw bring Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to within 14,500 ITAs of tying 2018’s invitation record of 89,800 with six weeks left in the year.
It was expected that IRCC could exceed its 2018 ITA record this year given its higher admissions targets for the three Express Entry-managed economic immigration categories and Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program for both 2019 and 2020.
The 3,600 ITAs issued today put IRCC 1,100 ahead of last year’s record-setting pace as of November 13.
It’s also important to note that some of Canada’s more popular Express Entry-linked provincial nominee streams have had a busy few weeks and that is more good news for Express Entry candidates ahead.