Canada releases latest Express Entry Update, sharp drop in successful Filipino applications
The Express Entry System is the Government of Canada’s application management system for its many different immigration programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class. Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) releases a public Express Entry Update yearly.
Portions of the Provincial Nominee Program are also covered by the Express Entry System.
Faced with increased competition from different countries, the number of approved applications from the Philippines dropped in 2017.
HOW EXPRESS ENTRY WORKS
Applicants interested in immigrating to Canada must first create an online profile.
Information provided in the applicant’s profile will determine if they meet the criteria to apply for either the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program or the Canadian Experience Class.
Eligible applicants are then put into the Express Entry pool, which gathers eligible applicants.
Applicants are also given a Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS), which is used to rank applicants in the Express Entry pool.
An applicant’s CRS score is comprised of two parts, the core CRS score and additional points.
The core CRS score has a maximum of 600 points and will be determined by an applicant’s age, education and work experience as well as language proficiency.
Previously, additional points were given for arranged employment and nomination by a province or territory.
In 2016, if applicants had Canadian post-secondary education, they were given additional points.
In 2017, if applicants scored higher than 7 on listening, speaking, reading and writing on the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens, applicants would get additional points as well.
Having relatives could also give applicants additional points.
If the applicant (or spouse or common law partner) had a sibling in Canada who was a citizen or Permanent Resident, they would get additional points too.
The number of applicants in the Express Entry pool changes as other applicants enter and leave.
CRS rankings change whenever Ministerial Instructions are issued.
CRS rankings also change as applicants gain more work experience or if they manage to secure a nomination from a province or territory.
Only the highest ranking candidates are invited to apply for Permanent Residency to Canada.
EXPRESS ENTRY IS STILL THE MAIN SOURCE OF NEW IMMIGRANTS TO CANADA
The Express Entry system has provided Canada with over 65,401 permanent residents arriving in 2017.
Over 109,497 applications were made, with 86,022 applications issued invitations to apply for Permanent Residency.
93,596 visas under the Express Entry system were issued in 2017.
PHILIPPINES DROP SHARPLY IN EXPRESS ENTRY RANKINGS
Invitations issued to applicants from the Philippines dropped significantly from #8 in 2016 to #16 in 2017.
In 2016, 1,736 invitations to apply for Permanent Residency were issued to applicants from the Philippines.
In 2017, 1,147 invitations to apply for Permanent Residency were issued to applicants from the Philippines.
TOP 10 OCCUPATIONS FOR SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS
The Express Entry System helps Canadian employers in connecting with applicants.
Receiving an offer of employment from a Canadian employer can increase an applicant’s CRS ranking.
Qualified offers of employment are in the professional or skilled trade occupations as determined by the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) maintains the NOC.
Below are the top 10 jobs of applicants who received invitations to apply for Permanent Residency under the Express Entry System in 2017.
- Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations Managers
- Professional Occupations in Business Management Consulting
- Financial and Investment Analysts
- University Professors and Lecturers
- Professional occupations in Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
- Administrative Assistants
- Financial Auditors and Accountants
- Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
- Software Engineers
- Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
ONTARIO STILL THE MOST PREFERRED PROVINCE FOR NEW IMMIGRANTS
The Express Entry updates shows that 109,497 applications made in 2017, 72,993 were for Ontario, making it the most preferred province of destination for successful applicants under the Express Entry System.
GROWING CANADA’S ECONOMY BY WELCOMING NEW IMMIGRANTS
The Express Entry update indicates that the system continues to attract new immigrants with a wide range of talents from all over the world.
IRCC continues to make changes to the Express Entry System aligned with the Government of Canada’s Global Skills Strategy and the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages.
IRCC has indicated that it will make the necessary changes to their immigration policies as required, with the aim to welcome more immigrants with diversified skills and experience needed to grow Canada’s economy by meeting regional and labour market requirements.