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Canada Express Entry system in 2019 best start ever in January, issuing 11,150 invitations to apply for permanent residence in three draws.

We anticipate the 111th draw in February to be similar to this 110th draw.

The last draw of the month, held on January 30, saw the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score drop to 438 — the lowest score drawn in an all program invitation round since October 2017.

In two of the three draws held in January, IRCC issued 3,900 Invitations to Apply (ITAs). Prior to these draws, the most ITAs that IRCC had issued in a single, January invitation round was 3,350 back on January 25, 2017.

These two draws helped push Express Entry to a new January record of 11,150 ITAs issued over the month.

In order to meet these targets, it is likely that IRCC will have to issue more ITAs over the next 11 months than it did in 2018 — a year that saw IRCC set a new ITA record. This could mean bigger draws in the coming months, or more frequent draws.

This effect was made clear in the January 30 draw, which took place one week after the previous invitation round on January 23 and saw the minimum CRS score drop from 443 to a 16-month low of 438.

The fact only one week was allowed to pass between draws meant the Express Entry pool had less time to with higher-scoring candidates.

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Each participating province and territory has at least one immigration stream that is connected to the Express Entry system and allows it to nominate Express Entry candidates for permanent residence in that province or territory.

Express Entry candidates who are nominated by a province or territory receive an additional 600 points toward their CRS score, moving them to the front of the line for an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Other provinces that invited Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in January were Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Prince Edward Island.

Express Entry candidates were also among nearly 700 immigration candidates invited through Manitoba’s Skilled Worker Overseas Stream in January. The stream operates on an Expression of Interest (EOI) basis that requires Express Entry candidates to register a profile with the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program as a first step to being considered for a provincial nomination.

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