Where are Express Entry immigrants coming from?

Express Entry has revolutionized Canada’s immigration system, and is allowing global talent from all over the world to achieve their Canadian dream.

Express Entry is the flagship system that Canada uses to manage immigration applications submitted by skilled workers around the world.

Launched in 2015, Express Entry has revolutionized Canada’s immigration system.

Before Express Entry, Canada processed immigration applications from skilled workers in the order they were submitted. This resulted in a very slow system since more applications were submitted than Canada could process.

As such, successful applicants often needed to wait several years, sometimes five years or more, before Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) would grant them permanent residence (PR).

Express Entry is a more dynamic system. Candidates upload their profiles for free on IRCC’s website.

They receive a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on characteristics such as their age, education, English and/or French skills, work experience, among other factors.

Every two weeks, IRCC issues invitations to apply (ITA) for permanent residence to candidates based on their CRS scores. IRCC’s processing standard for permanent residence applications is now six months or less.

Each year, IRCC releases an analysis called the Express Entry Year-End Report.

This report is important and helpful because its provides plenty of information on Express Entry, such as how it is operating, and the demographic characteristics of Express Entry candidates.

For example, the report tells us that IRCC issued 85,300 ITAs in 2019.

Here is where they came from.

Top 10 countries by citizenship

In 2019, the top 10 countries of citizens who received ITAs under Express Entry were:

  1. India (47% of all ITAs)
  2. Nigeria (7%)
  3. China (7%)
  4. Pakistan (3%)
  5. United Kingdom (2%)
  6. Brazil (2%)
  7. United States (2%)
  8. Iran (2%)
  9. France (2%)
  10. South Korea (1%)

Source: CIC News

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