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Express Entry 2019 End Report

Nearly 332,331 profiles were submitted to the Express Entry pool of the Canadian immigration in 2019, the immigration system launched in 2015 became more popular by the year.

The total number of Express Entry profiles submitted represents an increase of more than 20 percent over the year before. It shows that the potential immigrants are making huge use of the system to express their interest in Canada immigration.

On June 26, Canada's immigration ministry released the country's 2019 Express Entry Year-End Report, which gives a comprehensive summary of how the world's most innovative and highly regarded economic immigration system is faring.

Express Entry manages the candidates for the Federal Skilled Worker Class,Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Trades Class.

Candidates interested in migrating to Canada need to submit a profile to the Express Entry Pool, where they are screened electronically to see if they are eligible for one of these three programs. Eligible candidates for every program then enter into the Express Entry pool and are given scores based under what is known as the Comprehensive Ranking System, or CRS.

The CRS awards point for factors that include age, education, skilled work experience, and proficiency in English or French, both the official languages of Canada and other factors.

Express Entry pool candidates can increase the chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) by securing a provincial or territorial nomination (600 points), job offer (50 or 200 points), a Canadian post-secondary degree (given 15 or 30 points), English or French language proficiency (15 or 30 points) or a sibling or close relative in Canada (15 points).

The candidates with highest scores are issued an ITA for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the pool, which generally occurs every 15 days.

Canada received nearly 110,000 new permanent residents through Express Entry by the end of 2019

A total number of 109,595 primary applicants and their family members were given permanent residence through Express Entry in 2019, when compared to 92,229 in 2018. This represents the increase over the previous year upto 19%.

FSW candidates represented the largest proportion of all individuals admitted in 2019 with 58,173 admissions, followed by candidates in the Canadian Experience Class (30,230) Provincial Nominee Program (20,014) and Federal Skilled Trades (1,178).

More than 85,000 Express Entry ITAs issued by the end of 2019

According to the report, out of nearly 332,000 Express Entry profiles submitted in 2019, 72 percent were eligible for at least one of the three Federal Skilled programs, which is about the same percentage as previous year.

A total of 26 rounds of invitations were sent by IRCC last year, with 85, 300 invitations issued in 2019.

Federal Skilled Worker Class candidates received 45 percent of Invitations issued in 2019 or 38,809 of 85,300 Invitations.

Canadian Experience Class nominees got the second-highest number of ITAs in 2019 with a number of 30,563, while invitations issued under the Provincial Nominee Program were 14,928 – an increase of 6 percent over previous year.

More Highlights of 2019


Software engineers and designers again were the most common chief occupation, with 6,529 professionals invited to apply for permanent residence. The most PR invitations went to computer programmers and interactive media developers.

Popular Locations

Most of the people who got an invitation were already residing in Canada. Of all foreign nations, India was the most common nation to be issued ITAs, then came the United States., Nigeria, United Arab Emirates, and Pakistan.

India was also the most common country for ITA recipients. Then in the list were Nigeria, China, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, and Brazil.

Ontario became less popular than it was in 2018, but still most popular

About 62 percent of principal applicants named Ontario as the province of destination, slightly less than 2018 when 65 percent indicated the similar pattern.

Interest of immigrants increased considerably on Alberta, Manitoba, Nunavut and Prince Edward Island.

The rise in average cut-off scores

The CRS cut-off ranged between 438 and 475 in 2019, making an average score of 461. In 2018 the average score was 442.

This increase in the average CRS cut-off score implies that the Express Entry pool became more ambitious in 2019. This was partially due to the larger size of the pool and the increased number of candidates chosen by a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

PNP recipients automatically get an additional 600 CRS points to their overall CRS score.

Role of Women in the Express Entry pool

The Express Entry pool in 2019 consisted of about 41 percent women, which was higher than, the previous year's percentage of 38. However, profiles submitted by women usually were more often eligible for at least one program than those submitted by men. Of all the women's profile submissions, 76% were eligible for at least one program compared to 69 percent of those profiles submitted by men.

Most women who received ITAs had executive assistant listed as their primary occupation. Foodservice supervisors were the most common arranged job offer for women.

Women made up 48 percent of those who were invited by French language proficiency and 47 percent of those invited to apply through their siblings.

Overall, the most common primary occupations among women invited to apply for permanent residence introduced more low-skilled occupations than the most common primary occupations among men.

Of all the applications for permanent residence through Express Entry in 2019, 43 percent came from women.

Slower processing times

The average processing time of a PR visa was 8 months in 2019. IRCC did not meet its processing standard to finalize 80 percent of all Express Entry applications in six months. They managed to complete 60 percent of applications within the six-month timeframe.