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How to Win a Draw: Canada's Residency Program

Seven months after introducing Express Entry - the new selection system for permanent residency – the Canadian government still needs 266,050 qualified applicants go to meet its high target immigration levels of 285,000 economic migrants for 2015.

Crispin ArandaAugust 22, 2015

How to Win a Draw: Canada's Residency Program

Fifteenth Express Entry Draw for Canadian Immigration Drops back to 456 Points

August 21, 2015


The 15th and most recent draw was made August 21, 2015.  1,523 invitations were issued and the threshold points set at 456, the third lowest threshold number since the draws began. To date only 18,950 invitations for permanent residency have been issued.


The three major programs – the Federal Skilled Worker including Trades, Provincial Nominee Program and the Canadian Experience Class – have barely reach half of the intended numbers.


For 2015, the immigration level for FSWP and Trades had been set at a low of 47,000 to a high of 51,000.  Provinces are allocated between 46,000 and 48,000 while the Canadian Experience Class Category’s level was set at 21,000 to 23,000.


The maximum points that an Express Entry applicant may earn is 1,200.  An applicant with a job offer or nominated by a Canadian province would get 600 points for each.


Based on the threshold points for the previous 14 draws and the current one, it was only on the 4th and 9th draws that any candidate scored more than 600.  For the rest of the draws, the Canadian government issued invitations even if a candidate does not have a job offer or nomination by a province.


Temporary workers and international students comprise the largest number of potential applicants eligible for invitation for having either a provincial nomination or a job offer.  Both temporary resident classes have access to employers and theoretically could get employment sponsorships. 


Students on the other hand may apply for nomination in a province either as an international graduate or a graduate of at least a one-year academic course with anywhere from 3 to 9 months work experience in the same province where the diploma or degree was issued.


 In December 2013, there were 104,160 temporary worker in Canada; 40,655 from the Philippines. In the same period, there were 304,876 international students in Canada, 95,731 from the People’s Republic of China and only 2,003 from the Philippines.


Consequently, there are 409,036 applicants who would compete for the remaining invitations for 2015.  And that is only for 2013. An approximate number of temporary workers and students were admitted last year and the 2 years before that, not to mention those being admitted into Canada this year.


Yet, the fact that the threshold has not gone beyond 500 – except for the 4th and 9th draws – could mean that the Canadian government is working hard to meet its target for 2015 or there are simply not enough or interested qualified candidates from the temporary worker and international student classes.


That would be good news for those who are outside Canada or are in the process of getting either a work permit or student visa.


For a free assessment on how to qualify for Express Entry invitation, send your complete, updated resume to cra@visacenter.org or call the Immigrant Visa Center at +63-917-529-8472.


Authors & Contributors

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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