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Express Entry Re-cap & Projections for 2018

By Véronique Malka

The Express Entry program, originally created in 2015, is the online program allowing skilled workers to submit immigration applications depending on their skills, family status, education level, and other factors. The Express Entry calculates eligibility scores based on the above-mentioned aspects of a prospective immigrant’s application and is divided as follows: Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades Worker, and Canadian Experience Class. The first two are skill-based streams, and the latter is intended to encourage inside-Canada temporary resident professionals to remain in the country via permanent residence.

In 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) predicted that the Express Entry system would represent 40-43% of total economic immigration numbers in the country: These numbers were exceeded at the end of the year, as over 52% of candidates received Invitations To Apply (ITA), representing 14,323 more applicants than predicted, which was a 20% increase in IRCC’s targets. Moreover, the eligibility scores have been consistently lowering since its implementation in 2015, which will allow for even more applicants to receive an ITA in 2018. We encourage foreigners to enter the pool whenever they can as the CRS points system could be low and allow them to apply.

The program, successful since its implementation, continues to be the main economic-based immigration path for professionals who wish to settle in Canada for better employment and life opportunities. In 2018, we are expecting an even bigger growth in Express Entry applicants.