Canada residency program: Win and draw

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ONLY three new permanent residents in three months after 6 draws.

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In the next nine months and future draws, Canada would need 186,700 skilled workers to meet its target of immigrants to be admitted for this year.

At the rate the draw and invitations to apply for residency are going, Canada will miss its target and the government will not be able to achieve its economic growth strategy.

Canada needs 15,558 skilled workers accepted, processed and approved each month through the new selection process called Express Entry.

As stated previously, Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced there were three applicants processed and admitted in the last 3 months since the Express Entry program started in January this year. After 6 draws since the selection process started, 6,851 candidates were issued invitations to apply or submit their permanent residency applications.

Assuming all 6,851 are accepted, Canada still needs 39,823 skilled worker applicants accepted for permanent residency to meet the 2015 target.

Launched in January, Express Entry is a new way of managing applications for Canada’s key economic immigration programs. Candidates create an online profile and express their interest in coming to Canada permanently. Candidates who meet the minimum criteria are accepted into the pool and ranked according to various factors, including language proficiency, education and work experience. Each is a leading indicator of one’s likelihood of integrating fully and quickly into Canadian society and making an optimal contribution to the economy.

Three months and six draws after Express Entry started, the minimum points (intake threshold) needed continue to go down even as the invitations issued to qualified candidates go up.

Express Entry is a residency selection system set up by the Canadian government through Citizenship and Immigration Canada to manage the country’s various permanent residency programs: the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades (FTSP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Prior to the Express Entry system intending immigrants had to submit their application directly to each of the three programs. Each program has its own set of criteria for a candidate to qualify.

Under Express Entry eligible candidates for one of the federal economic programs submit their profile(s) into the Express Entry pool after complying with the two basic requirements: evidence of English or language proficiency and evaluation of their credentials.

Candidate profiles are ranked according to a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Profiles in the candidate pool are available to the federal and provincial governments as well as to Canadian employers in need of specific occupation or skills.

Those with the highest scores get invitations to apply for permanent residency. Each draw sets the lowest scores for a candidate to be invited. See the graph for the number of invitations issued and the lowest CRS scores for each draw.

The highest score a candidate could get is 1,200 points. An arranged offer of employment earns a candidate 600 points: so does a nomination from a province.

For the 5th and 6th draws, it has become apparent that invitations were issued to candidates even though they had not have been nominated by a province and had no job offer.

For more information on how to increase your chance of being invited, you may call the Immigrant Visa Center at +632-634-8717 or call/text +63-917-529-8472.

Canada’s Immigration Plan for 2015
The 2014 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration on October 31, 2014 by Citizenship and Immigration Canada includes details on its 2015 Immigration Levels Plan.

Applications entered into and considered complete remain in the Express Entry pool for one year. If a candidate is not invited to apply within that period, a candidate must submit a new Express Entry profile. However, since the English proficiency exam (IELTS) is valid for two years and the credential evaluation valid for five, a resubmission would be less expensive.
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But time is precious so, better submit the best profile you can to win, instead of simply waiting to be drawn.

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