In its recent Express Entry economic immigration category report, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) showed that candidates from India and China led their fellow Express Entry candidates in invitations to apply for permanent residence to Canada in 2017.
Just to give you some background, Express Entry is Canada’s flagship management system for key economic immigration programs. These programs are the following: Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program.
Applicants or prospective candidates express their interest in immigrating to Canada by first completing an online profile. The applicant’s profile is electronically screened to determine if they meet the criteria of at least 1 of the 3 federal immigration programs (Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades Canadian Experience Class and PNP). Candidates are given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are then placed in the Express Entry pool and ranked relative to each other based on their CRS scores.
The PHILIPPINES was one of the top three countries in the 2016 Express Entry ITAs but did not even appear as one of the top ten in 2017. Please see the table below for comparison:
The Express Entry pool is changing, and a candidate’s rank can change as other candidates join and leave the pool, or when the ranking criteria is adjusted according to ministerial instructions. CRS scores can also change as a candidate’s circumstances change. (For example, if a candidate gains more work experience or is nominated by a provinces or territory). Only those who obtained high scores, or top-ranked candidates are invited to apply for permanent residence.
The top three occupations invited last year were all in the Information and Technology sector, a sector that has long tapped highly skilled workers from India. Included in the list of the top occupations were Information Systems Analysts and Consultants, Software Engineers and Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers.
ALBERTA IS ONE OF THE TOP THREE DESTINATION PROVINCES IN CANADA FOR PERMANENT RESIDENTS
On the same report, it recorded the number of permanent resident admissions by province. Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta led once again as the top three destination provinces for permanent residents in 2017.
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Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)