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?
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:
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:
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.