IRCC issued a total of 3,900 ITA in its 12 December draw and the CRS cut-off 445.
This draw has brought Canada more close to break the ITA’s record of 2017 i.e. only 123 Invitations away to break 2017 ITA’s record.
By this point in the year 2017, 20 December IRCC had issued a total of 83,273 ITA’s
IRCC used its tie-break rule in the December 12 draw. The date and time recorded were November 28, 2018, at 09:51:43 UTC. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 445, as well as those candidates with scores of 445 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before November 28, 2018, at 09:51:43 UTC, received an ITA in this invitation round.
Candidates with provincial nomination effectively get 600 extra points towards their CRS score and guarantee an ITA from the Canadian government in the next federal draw.
The importance of PNP has grown under IRCC multi-year immigration plan, Canada’s all 9 province and 2 territories have at least 1 Express Entry linked stream.
According to IRCC data, the Express Entry candidates totaled 12 percent in the first 8 months of 2018 which was 9 percent in the year 2017.
The target set for admission through PNP’s for 2021 multi-level immigration plan has increased to 61,000 from the target of the year 2018 of 55,000.
By 2021, admissions through the PNP are expected to reach 71,300 — an increase of nearly 30 percent over this year’s Federal High Skilled target of 55,000 new permanent residents.
IRCC’s 2019 target for admissions through its Federal High Skilled immigration category is also set to rise in 2019 to 81,400, an increase of 6,500 over 2018’s target of 74,900.