Until December of 2014, Canada used to process permanent residency applications from skilled workers on a first come first serve basis. But in January 2015 they launched their famous Express Entry system which is basically an online application management system used by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to manage applications for permanent residency from Skilled workers under the three federal immigration programs namely: Federal Skilled Worker program, Federal Trades Worker program and the Canadian Experience class program, and also for a selected number of Canada’s provincial programs that are linked to Express Entry system.
In order to create a valid profile in the Express Entry pool, a candidate must meet the eligibility criteria for one of the above mentioned three economics immigration programs. Once a candidate creates their online profile known as Expression of Interest (EOI) their profile will be ranked against other candidates based on a points based system called the Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS). The highest ranking profiles are then picked up from the pool and sent an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for PR via their periodic draws that happen usually every two weeks.
Candidates receiving an ITA are then required to submit their completed PR applications along with the payment of the processing fees within the 90 days deadline failing which, the ITA stands invalid. The federal government’s target is to process completed applications within maximum 6 months, which was getting achieved in most cases until the outbreak of the Covid pandemic in 2020, which has resulted into significant delays in the application processing times.
Key Facts and Figures about Canada Immigration and Express Entry System
- Since its launch in January 2015, the Express Entry program has become one of the worlds’ most popular and most sought after immigration programs and it is used as an example of how to run an economic immigration program in a flexible and successful way.
- Through the Express Entry system, Canada has been successfully attracting some of the most talented and skilled working professionals from around the world who all wants to be a part of this blossoming and culturally diverse nation.
- Approximately 1 in 4 workers (26%) in Canada are immigrants.
- As of 2016, there were 6,00,000 selfemployed immigrants employing over 2,60,000 Canadians.
- Permanent and non-permanent immigration accounted for over 82% of Canada’s population growth between the years 2018-2019.
- In 2019, Canada achieved its highest level of permanent resident admissions in recent history with 341,180 admissions.
- The Economic immigration Class continued to be the largest source of permanent resident admissions in the year 2019 as approximately 58% of all admissions totalling 1,96,658 were admitted under the Economic Class.
- 68,647 people got selected for the permanent residency through the provincial nominee programs in the year 2019, which accounts for more than 20% of all permanent residency admissions in 2019.
- In the year 2019, India was again the top source country for Permanent Residents in Canada accounting for 25% of the total admissions which stood at 85,593 immigrants.
- To tackle the challenge of an aging population and low birth rates, the Federal government has announced their 2021-2023 immigration levels plans which aims to continue welcoming immigrants at a rate of 1% of Canada’s total population, including 4,01,000 permanent residents in 2021, 4,11,000 in 2022 and 4,21,000 in 2023, against the previous set targets of 3,51,000 in 2021 and 3,61,000 in 2023.
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