The Government of Canada held a new Express Entry draw on May 23, issuing 3,500 invitations to apply for permanent residence. The Comprehensive Ranking System cut-off score for this draw was 440. The score is a new low for 2018, surpassing the previous low of 441 that was established in the invitation round on April 25 and repeated on May 9.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has increased draw sizes in 2018 from 2,750 at the start of the year to 3,000 in February and March and now to 3,500 for each of the four draws held since the start of April. It is the 10th draw for Express Entry this year, and the fourth time this year that 3,500 invitations to apply were issued. So far this year, the Express Entry has issued a total of 31,500 invitations to apply. The Government of Canada’s target for 2018 is 74,900 admissions through the three economic immigration classes administered by the Express Entry system — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class.
In 2017, 86,023 invitations to immigration through the Express Entry selection system were issued! In 2015 and 2016, there were only 33,782 and 31,063 respectively. Based on the statements of the government, in 2018 this number will be even greater!
Those Express Entry candidates having difficulty meeting the points requirement may have chances to increase their points by having an LMIA-based job offer from a Canadian employer. An LMIA-based job offer can get at least 50 points for a candidate. International students may also have a chance to receive a nomination through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). The OINP had 6,600 as its quota for this year, of which 2,601 spots have been filled but 3,999 spots are still available.
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