The latest Express Entry draw 2018 issues 3,900 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence in Canada. Now there are only 124 ITAs standing between 2018 and the record number of ITAs issued in 2017. There is still time for another draw before we see the end of this year, meaning 2018 may be the record breaking year we have been hoping for. FInd out more about the latest Express Entry draw 2018 right here and learn what it could mean for your application.

Vancouver will be the new home of several newcomers who received ITAs in the latest Express Entry draw.

Latest Express Entry Draw 2018 Continues 3,900 ITAs Trend

The 106th Express Entry draw 2018 held on the 12th of December issued yet another 3,900 ITAs to eligible candidates in the Express Entry pool. This brings the total number of ITAs issued in 2018 to a staggering total of 85,900, just 124 away from breaking 2017’s record of 86,023.

The latest Express Entry draw had a minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) of 445, which is the same minimum score of the last draw held on the 28th of November. The tie-break rule was used in the latest draw, meaning candidates who had a CRS score of 445 or higher and who entered their completed Express Entry profile into the Express Entry pool before November 28, 2018 at 09:51:43 UTC, received an ITA.

The tie-break rule is used in the situation where a quota for a draw has been set but there are too many candidates who have a CRS score matching the minimum cut off score. In this case, IRCC will issue ITAs to candidates who entered the Express Entry pool first. This is the only scenario where the Express Entry system uses a first-come-first-served model to issue ITAs. The majority of 2018’s draws implemented this rule, so it is really important for you to complete your Express Entry profile as soon as possible to improve your chances of earning Canadian permanent residence.

3,900 candidates selected in the latest Express Entry draw will receive Canadian visas.

To illustrate how the tie-break rule works read the following hypothetical scenario:

Sarah and Tim both have a CRS score of 445. There are two spots left in the draw and the minimum CRS score has been set at 445, meaning either Sarah or TIm must get the ITA. Sarah entered her profile into the pool on the 27th of November whereas Tim entered his on the 29th of the same month. So who gets the ITA? Sarah of course! This is because she entered the pool before Tim did.

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) holds an Express Entry draw round about every two weeks, meaning there is a chance that there will be another draw before 2018 ends. This time last year, IRCC had issued 83,273 ITAs, in other words, 2018 has already surpassed ITA numbers of 2017. So what stands in its way to break the record?

How Does the Express Entry System Work?

The Express Entry system manages immigration applications for the pool of candidates who qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, Canadian Experience class and some subcategories of the Provincial Nomination Programs.

Candidates who meet the requirements of one of these programs must create an online Express Entry profile if they would like to immigrate to Canada. When they make their profile, they will have to answer a series of questions relating to their age, language ability, work experience etc. The answers to these questions will determine their CRS score.

Once they have completed their profile and they have been assigned CRS scores, their profiles will be entered into the Express Entry pool of candidates where they are ranked against each other based on their CRS scores. The profiles with the highest CRS score stand the best chance at immigrating to Canada.

Canada will welcome 3,900 newcomers into its borders thanks to the latest Express Entry draw.

If you are struggling to build up your CRS score, get familiar with the various Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs). PNPs allow the provinces and territories of Canada to nominate candidates who possess the skills and experience needed in the province or territory to immigrate to Canada.

All the provinces and territories of Canada who have a PNP have at least one subcategory linked to the Express Entry system. Candidates who receive a provincial nomination earn 600 points towards their CRS score, essentially guaranteeing them a spot in the next Express Entry draw.

It has recently been revealed that more and more candidates who receive an ITA had a provincial nomination. This makes sense seeing as IRCC is bolstering quotas for admissions through PNPs for 2019 to 2021. 2019 will likely see 61,000 candidates immigrate to Canada through PNPs and this number is expected to rise to 71,300 by 2021, a near 30 percent increase of 2018’s target.

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