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Monitoring the 2018 Express Entry Rounds of Invitations

With the Canada Immigration Plan for 2018-2020, Canada hopes to welcome close to one million new permanent residents. Will you be one of them?


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Monitoring the 2018 Express Entry Rounds of Invitations
Written by Jennifer Aranda.
Updated April 15, 2018 | Canada

Most of the successful new Canadian permanent residents in this three-year period will likely be economic immigrants, coming in under the federal programs and provincial nominee programs using the Express Entry system. The federal programs are the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trades Class.

In addition to applicants coming in from overseas, a number will be foreign temporary workers and international students will be applying for permanent residence in Canada.

Regardless of the economic program you qualify for, if it uses the Express Entry system to qualify candidates, we recommend checking the Comprehensive Ranking System or CRS score of the lowest-ranked applicant.  This way, you will have a good idea on where your application stands and what you can do to increase your own CRS score.

The 2018 cut-off dates and CRS scores are as follows:

Round Number and Date Specific Programs  CRS Score of Lowest Ranked Candidate and number of ITAs Issued
87 - April 11, 2018 No program specified 444 - 3,500
86 - March 26, 2018 No program specified 446 - 3,000
85 - March 14, 2018 No program specified 456 - 3,000
84 - February 21, 2018 No program specified 442 - 3,000
83 - February 7, 2018 No program specified 442 - 3,000
82 - January 24, 2018 No program specified 444 - 2,750
81 - January 10, 2018 No program specified 446 - 2,750

Unless otherwise specified, Express Entry Rounds described as "No program specified" means that applicants under the following economic streams were selected:

  • Federal Skilled Workers Class
  • Provincial Nominee Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades
  • Canadian Experience Class

It's best to apply as soon as you have completed documentation.  In the event of a tie, the individual who files his application earlier has an edge over others who have the same CRS score.

To better your chances of getting higher points under the Comprehensive Ranking System or CRS, you may want to do any of the following:

  • Retake your language proficiency exam and aim to score higher;
  • Take another language proficiency exam and aim to score high;
  • Search for employment;
  • Take further studies in your home country or Canada.

And remember, some provincial nominee streams do not require you to have an Express Entry profile. You may want to check these from time to time and apply to the province directly.

About the Author

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer S. Aranda is the COO of IVC Immigrant Visa Center, Inc.

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