Express Entry: First Invitations To Apply For Canadian Immigration Issued
Posted on February 8, 2015
- CIC aims to select tens of thousands of new immigrants through Express Entry in 2015.
- All candidates issued an invitation to apply under this draw had either a valid job offer or provincial nomination.
- Future draws expected to select candidates without job offers or provincial nominations.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has conducted the first draw from the Express Entry pool. CIC had previously announced that the top ranked Express Entry candidates would be invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence as a result of a draw that would occur during the final week of January.
True to its word, the first invitations to apply were issued on the last day of January. 779 candidates, each of whom had 886 points or more under the Comprehensive Ranking System, received invitations to apply for permanent residence.
Good News — The System Works
News of the draw is promising for people interested in immigrating to Canada. This draw shows that the new Express Entry system is working and that submitting a profile can truly lead to permanent residence.
While the new Express Entry system continues to be improved and tested, the government of Canada has prudently kept the first draw quite small. These first invitations will likely be the first real test subjects for the system and help the government spot and fix potential glitches or problems.
Who Was Invited?
Only the highest ranked candidates were invited to apply. Candidates in the Express Entry pool are ranked according to aComprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Since this draw was particularly small, the candidates selected had relatively high scores. The scores of invited applicants was so high (a CRS of 886 was required) that a candidate would have needed a provincial nomination or qualifying job offer in order to be invited to apply for permanent residence.
Larger And More Frequent Draws Are Expected
CIC has indicated its intention to conduct up to 25 draws this year and plans on meeting its immigration targets under the 2015 immigration plan. Future draws are expected to occur more frequently and the government is expected to issue a much greater number of invitations to apply to a wider array of candidates in the Express Entry pool.
Indeed, future draws are expected to select candidates with high points for human capital factors under the Comprehensive Ranking System, but who may not necessarily have a job offer or provincial nomination. CIC expects that a significant proportion of invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence will be issued to people without job offers from Canadian employers. This is because the job matching facility for Canadian employers is unlikely to be in place for a number of months, yet the government of Canada aims to admit approximately 180,000 new immigrants in 2015 through the economic immigration programs
“Keep in mind that what we are working within, in terms of a ceiling, is the admissions target in the immigration plan. So the 180,000 for 2015 is the ceiling that we are working within,” stated a CIC spokesperson at a recent Law Society summit. “We expect that, certainly as of implementation and early days, it will take some time for that employer take-up to happen, so we expect there will be nominees from the province and so those will automatically be pulled from the pool. What we expect in the early days is that the department will be pulling those candidates with the highest scores, even though they don’t have job offers, because we need to be looking at meeting those admissions targets for the economic classes.’
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