When we celebrate Canada day, that is on July 1, we are on the half way mark of the year. It is a good moment to look back on what has happened in the first six months of this year. It will also give an idea on what may happen in the coming months.
When we take a look at the immigration taking place in Canada, so far 2017 has been a wonderful year, particularly in the case of Express Entry selection system.
In the first quarter of 2017 a good number of ITAs have been issued to people who are in the Express Entry pool as compared to those in the previous quarter.
After this, in the second quarter of the year comprising of the months of April, May and June, and even more number of ITAs were issued as compared to the first three months of the year.
Altogether, in the first half of the year a total number of 51,285 ITAs were issued. This number is more than three times of the 15,286 ITAs that were issued in the year 2016 during the first half. It is also more than the total number of ITAs that have been issued since the Express Entry system was first introduced in January 2015.
This increase in the number of ITAs issued is mainly due to two reasons, as has been detailed by a senior staff at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). First, a higher annual target intake was set up by the government for the federal economic programs that is managed under the Express Entry system.
The backlog of files submitted before the introduction of Express Entry has been finished and this gives IRCC considerable time to increase to increase the number of candidates that are invited under the Express Entry draw.
It should also be noted here that the target allocation in the Provincial Nominee Program (PNPs) has also been increased for the year 2017. This has also played a significant role in the large size of the draws.
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