Canada admitted more than 92,000 new permanent residents through its Express Entry system in 2018, year-end report shows
Software engineer was most common occupation among 89,800 Express Entry candidates invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence last year
The findings are contained in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s 2018 year-end report for the Express Entry system, which was released July 2.
The increase in admissions is in line with Canada’s rising admissions targets for the three Federal High Skilled economic-class immigration programs managed by the Express Entry system — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class — as well as a portion of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
Canada’s federal government and many of its provinces and territories have immigration streams that are used to select candidates from the Express Entry pool and provide these candidates with the opportunity to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
Canada’s admissions target for the three programs managed by the Express Entry system is to continue to rise each year through 2021.
Canada has also expanded its admissions target for the PNP, which rose to 55,000 in 2018 and is scheduled to increase each year through 2021.