108th Canada Express Entry Draw - First draw of the year -11th January, 2019

108th Canada Express Entry Draw - First draw of the year
IRCC has started 2019 in an impressive manner by issuing 3,900 invitations to apply by 108th Canada Express Entry Draw, seeking Canada Permanent Residence. The requisite score for a candidate was 449.

A major initial draw

This marks as the highest number of invitations that were issued in the initial draw of the year in the history of Express Entry. Clearly, the IRCC is set to break EE Record of 89,800 ITAs of last year.

Express Entry immigration system supervises applications of the skilled worker in the Federal programs. These are

  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program,
  • Canada Experience Class

The profiles of Candidates get a score depending on the CRS. It gives points for work experience, age, education, and language proficiency. The candidates holding a top rank in the pool get the invitation through regular rounds and can also apply for permanent residence in Canada. The draw held on 10th January was 1,150 higher than the initial draw of 2018.

Welcoming many skilled professionals

Additionally, as per the new multi-year immigration plan in Canada, the federal government intends to welcome many more Federal High Skilled professionals as PRs in 2019 than in 2018. The admission target for 2019 is 81,400 through the programs but was 74,900 in 2018. The processing of PR applications of a majority of candidates for Canada in the Federal High Skilled category happens through the EE system.

Moreover, for meeting high targets in 2019 and 2020, IRCC needs to issue more ITAs during the year. This figure has to be more in comparison to 2018. Last year IRCC gradually increased the size of its draw from 2,750 to 3,900.

Continuing the pattern

If this pattern continues also in this year, the draw size of 3,900 ITAs will expand. Moreover, the larger draws will affect the minimum score. The previous round held on December 19 had a minimum score of 439 that was 10 points lower than the score of today. The cause is A Long period between two draws.  Moreover, in the provincial nominee programs, a candidate gets an additional 600 points in case of receiving the provincial nomination. Furthermore, after increasing its EE targets for 2018, Canada has also increased the PNP target in a significant manner.

The tie-break rule

Also, IRCC has applied the tie-break rule in this draw.  The cut off time was January 2, 2019, at 11:40:53 UTC. The significance here is that all candidates having a CRS score of and above 449, with an Express Entry profile before the specific date/time, can receive the ITA in this round.

Holding a master’s degree, or working as a professional and obtaining an 8 in each category in the IELTS, is sufficient to obtain ITA. The draw held today will set the pace for another record year, for issuing Express Entry invitations. You can contact us for all relevant details.

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