The results of the last draw are the strongest indication yet of the Canadian Government’s intention to beat the current record. The record in question is of course the one for the highest number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) doled out in a single year. These ITAs are to be issued via the Express Entry economic immigration system.

The 3,900 ITAs that have just been issued places 2018’s tally just 123 short of 2017’s total which stands at 86,023. The minimum score viable for an ITA is today’s draw was 445 which is similar to the one arrived at in the November 28 draw. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as per custom, stages an Entry Invitation Round on a fortnightly basis.

This means that another round might fall within 2018. If that should happen then the 2017 record might as well be beaten. The ITA tally at this point in 2017 was 83,273 with one draw to go. It’s, therefore, highly likely that we might have one draw to go.

The Federal Express Entry System is in charge of the pool of candidates meant for the three Federal High Skilled economic immigration programs in Canada. They include;

  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Federal Skilled Trades Class
  • Federal Skilled Worker Class

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)

Eligible candidates are given various scores that depend on factors such as education, age, proficiency in French and English as well as work experience. The cumulative scores are used to rank all the candidates in the Express Entry pool. A set number of students are then drawn from the candidates with the highest scores. These are the ones who receive ITAs.

IRCC made use of its tie-break rue during the December 12 draw. The time stamp arrived at was November 28, 2018, at 09:51:43 UTC. All candidates who had a CRS score of 445 and above who delivered their profiles into the Express Entry pool before the stipulated time got ITAs.

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