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Express Entry Update: By the Numbers

August 5, 2015 – Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has released its mid-year report on Express Entry, Canada’s new immigration application management system.  The report (covering the period from program inception to July 6, 2015) provides the first full picture of the Express Entry system, and includes information on total applicants, total invitations, as well as a complete breakdown of candidates by score profile.

Some highlights:

  • CIC received profiles from 112,701 potential candidates between January 1 and July 6, 2015.
  • A total of 48,723 were not eligible for the pool as they did not meet the minimum criteria for permanent residence based on the Federal Skilled Worker, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades or Provincial Nominee Program.
  • Out of the 12,928 invitations issued for the period covered by the report, 70% had qualifying scores over 600 points – meaning those candidates had qualifying job offers supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), Labour Market Opinion (LMO) or Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) Certificate.
  • The vast majority of candidates (85%) invited to apply through Express Entry were already in Canada.
  • Despite issuing 12,928 invitations, only 7,528 completed applications have been received. Of these completed applications, only 844 permanent resident visas have been issued, and fewer than half of these, 411, have landed in Canada as Permanent Residents.
  • There were 41,218 candidates in the Express Entry pool as of July 6, 2015.
  • Of the candidates still in the pool on July 6, 2015, 87% were clustered around the 300-450 comprehensive ranking score (click here for graph). These candidates do not have LMIA, LMO or PNP nominations and are awaiting CIC to lower their scores for invitations.

If Citizenship and Immigraiton Canada is to meet its target of 185,000 primary applicants in 2015, it has a very long way to go.

You can read the entire report here.