March 31st, 2016 – The Express Entry Year-End
Report 2015 was released today by the federal government. The
report provides information regarding the pool of candidates who
applied for Permanent Residence through the Express Entry System by
referencing types of occupations selected, provincial/territorial
information, country of residence and origin, and an analysis of
international student candidates. Last year, 191,279 profiles were
created in the Express Entry system and approximately 31,000
Invitations To Apply were issued. According to the Ministry of
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, a decision was made
to remove 88,048 profiles from the total pool because the
applicants did not meet any criteria of one of
the programs managed by the Express Entry System:
Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and
Canadian Experience Class Program.
The following are the highlights of the report:
1. The Big Picture: Only 16% of the total
number of profiles created received an Invitation to Apply.
Of the profiles that were deemed to be eligible, approximately 30%
of the profiles in this category were issued Invitations to
2. Best Occupations to receive an Invitation to
8% – 2356 Food Service supervisors
8% – 2295 Cooks
4% – 1255 Information Systems Analysts
3% – 940 Software Engineers
3% – 935 Computer Programmers and Interactive Media
3% – 745 University professors and lecturers
2% – 669 Retails sales supervisors
2% – 550 Graphic designers and Illustrators
2% – 494 Financial Auditors and Accountants
2% – 446 Financial Investment Analysis
3. Best place to reside to receive an Invitation to
78.1% 22,111 reside in Canada
6.2% 1,745 reside in
1.4% 622 reside
in the United States
4. Most common country of origin to obtain an Invitation
22.4% – 6,348 India nationals
12.6% – 3,574 Philippine nationals
5.9% - 1,678 Chinese nationals
5. Processing times: 6 months for 80% of cases.
Processing times are measured from the day a complete application
is received until a final decision is made by an immigration
6. Success of international students in Express
Entry: While the report states that the Express
Entry system is favourable to international students and
post-graduate work permit holders because they are awarded a
significant benefit by the ranking system for their high education,
the data suggests otherwise. While international students are
eligible for the Express Entry pool once they have more than one
year of Canadian work experience, the vast majority of them will
never receive an Invitation to Apply given that their Comprehensive
Ranking System Score are almost always lower than the lowest
Comprehensive Ranking System cut-off score of 2015 of 450.
October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
October 19th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 22nd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 45th overall, inviting 1804 applicants for permanent residence, the largest number ever. The lowest CRS score was 475, a decline from the previous draw.
September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
A unique feature of the new Canada express entry immigration system is that candidates can improve their comprehensive ranking score while in the express entry pool, without submitting a new application. We review important strategies.
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