The first 15 Express Entry draws of 2017 have seen 47,876 Invitation to Apply (ITAs) issued to candidates in the pool. This number far exceeds the 16,033 ITAs issued over the first fifteen draws of 2016, and also surpasses the total number of candidates invited in all of 2016. Seven of the 15 Express Entry draws conducted so far this year have also seen the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required to obtain an ITA decrease to a record low.
The Express Entry system itself has also undergone a recent set of improvements, announced earlier this year and implemented on June 6. Coming up to those changes, the month of May saw the highest number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence issued in any month since the system was launched in January, 2015.
These improvements, which see additional points being awarded to candidates with a sibling in Canada and to candidates with French ability, followed earlier changes brought in last November.
“Taken together, all these changes to the Express Entry program will continue to help us target highly-skilled immigrants who can help strengthen our economy, and create jobs for all Canadians and create prosperity for all of us,” said Mr Hussen.
The Global Talent Stream (GTS)
Earlier this month, on June 12, the Global Talent Stream (GTS) was launched, providing employers and foreign workers alike the means and the flexibility to hire (and be hired) quickly for certain positions. The GTS has a heavy focus on tech and IT roles, but this may change as Canada’s market economy faces new challenges in the future.
These improvements to temporary work programs and Canada’s longer-term economic immigration focus were linked by the minister, who stated, “as we innovate the temporary immigration programs, we’re also trying to help skilled workers strengthen our economy and society by permanently building new lives in Canada.”
And permanent immigration is not the end for these clients of IRCC, who Mr Hussen wants ‘to put at the heart of everything we do.’ According to him, the final step for these newcomers should be Canadian citizenship itself.
“We want all permanent residents, if possible, to become Canadians,” said Mr Hussen, who added that the government’s recently-passed legislation to change the Canadian Citizenship Act will “give permanent residents greater flexibility to meet the residency requirements so that they can become Canadian citizens.” Among other measures, the new law will reduce the number of residency days required before an immigrant may be eligible for citizenship.
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Canada Immigration News – “Immigration continues to be a key ingredient to our economic future” – Immigration Minister