Canada Issues More Than 30,000 ITAs, With CRS Scores as Low as Ever

Canada has now issued more 30,000 ITAs for 2019 after the May 1 draw. This is after the minimum CRS score dropped yet again by a point. This year alone, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s target for skilled immigration is 81,400. So far 31,250 have been issued with the latest May 1 batch of 3,350 being issued ITAs with a minimum CRS score of 450.

Back in 2018, the ministry of immigration in Canada issued a record-breaking 89,800 ITAs. After this draw, the tie-breaking rule was implemented on November 5, 2018. This rule stipulates that in the event more than one candidate has the lowest score, the selection will be carried out based on who submitted their Express Entry profiles first. Those who submitted their profiles at an earlier date and time have an obvious higher hand in this cut-off system.

Express Entry

If you have ever wanted to either move to Canada or gain permanent residence status in Canada, then you have already considered the Express Entry approach. It is the most direct and straight-forward route to permanent residence in Canada for skilled workers. Established on January 1, 2015, the Express Entry is the system which manages skilled workers applications under Federal Economic programs.

Canada has an ever-growing need for skilled workers, and it is expected to grow even more as the employment rates remain low. This has, of course, created a gap for skilled workers which the immigration authorities have had the foresight to fill by inviting skilled workers into the country.

The applications are made under three categories, namely the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Canada Experience Class and some sections of the Provincial Nomination Programs. Once the applicants meet these draws, they are entered into the Express Entry pool.

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