3,350 Express Entry Draw candidates were invited to apply for Canadian permanent residency in the recent draw which took place on June 26, this year. It was the second consecutive draw to see a decrease in points from the cut-off score. Points decreased from 470 in May to 462 in the previous draw on June, 12, and then again by a further 3 points in the latest draw held on June 26.

The unusually high cut-off rate in May could be attributed to the fact that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) had allowed almost a month to pass between draws. The greater the amount of time that passes between draws, the greater the number of higher-scoring candidates are added to the Express Entry pool. In effect, this could be what drove up the cut-off score.

The IRCC has also reverted to having draws every 2 weeks, which has now lowered the cut-off score. All candidates with a score above 462 or higher received “Invitations to Apply” (ITA’S), which brings the total number of invitations issued this year to a staggering 41, 800. This is already 2, 100 more than the amount of ITA’S issued mid year in 2018. 89, 800 applicants received ITA’s in 2018, a number that, at this rate, is estimated to be surpassed by the end of 2019. So what is the Canadian Express Entry system, you may be asking, and how do I apply?

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Express Entry System

The Express Entry system was originally implemented in 2015 by the Canadian Government to fast track and simplify the immigration process. Due to a gap in the Canadian labour market, skilled foreigners seeking employment in Canada can choose from a number of federal programs, but by selecting the Express Entry program, you automatically stand a greater chance of receiving an ITA to apply for permanent residency. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let's look at how to apply.

How to Apply

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1. Check that you meet the minimum criteria:

  • Meet the requirements of at least one of the Federal Economic Immigration programs:
    • Federal Skilled Worker Program;
    • Federal Skilled Trades Program; or
    • Canadian Experience Class
  • Create a Federal Express Entry Profile and be placed in the pool of candidates. You can create a profile at any time through IRCC

2. Choose your destination

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Please note that each province or territory may have their own category and some even have multiple categories to choose from.

Province/TerritoryExpress Entry Program
AlbertaAlberta Express Entry Stream
British ColumbiaSkilled Worker Category
Healthcare Professional Category
International Graduate Category
International Post Graduate Category
ManitobaManitoba Express Entry Pathway
New BrunswickNew Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program
Express Entry Labour Market Stream
Newfoundland and LabradorNewfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Stream
Northwest TerritoriesExpress Entry Stream for Skilled Workers
Nova ScotiaNova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Stream
Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry Stream
OntarioOntario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream
Ontario Express Entry French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream
Prince Edward IslandPrince Edward Island Express Entry Stream
SaskatchewanInternational Skilled Worker: Saskatchewan Express Entry
YukonYukon Express Entry Stream

3. Create your online profile

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Your online profile should include information such as your qualifications, work experience, education, language ability, and age. All candidates are awarded points, based on these factors, according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Express Entry candidates however, receive an extra 160 points. Once your total score has been calculated and you will be entered into the Express Entry Draw pool and will be ranked against other applicants. The highest ranked individuals will then be offered an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.

4. Submit your application

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Candidates are required to submit their completed application online within 90 days of receipt of ITA, and can expect it to be processed within 6 months of submission

With all these options and information at your fingertips, it is understandable that the process can seem tedious and overwhelming. But with MDC, our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) know exactly what it takes to get your visa approved and are ready to assist you through the process. Thousands of candidates immigrate to Canada each year, and you could be one of them. Simply contact us for your assessment and take the first step in making your dreams of living in Canada a realty.

Click here for more helpful Canada Express Entry tips on how to successfully apply for residency.