Canadian Immigration system has been in news lately.
In the latest draws, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has invited FSTC candidates with 241 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points to apply for permanent residence.
The CRS cut-off threshold for provincial nominee candidates was 673 points.
In total, 795 candidates were issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) following the November 1 draws, 505 of whom were FSTC candidates, with the remaining 290 being candidates who have obtained a provincial nomination through one of the Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams.
This is the second time in this year that IRCC has conducted program-specific draws for FSTC candidates and those with a provincial nomination.
The latest draws brings the total number of ITAs issued since January, 2015 to 140,619, with most of those (75,775) having been issued in 2017.
Attorney David Cohen says, “While the latest Express Entry draws may have taken some people by surprise — not so much in their timing, but in who was invited — it goes to show that IRCC is taking an increasingly dynamic approach to the system and how it works. Not only that, but the government has now issued more invitations so far this year than in the two previous years put together.”
He adds, “The federal government, as well as provincial counterparts, are taking the approach that the Express Entry pool is a rich source of talent, and anyone in the pool can benefit from a federal or provincial strategy to welcome particular newcomers and their families to Canada. The upshot is that to optimize one’s chances of success, candidates first need to get in the pool.”