Each year, IRCC releases an analysis called the Express Entry Year-End Report.
IRCC issued 85,300 ITAs in 2019.
In 2019, the top 10 countries of citizens who received ITAs under Express Entry were:
- India (47% of all ITAs)
- Nigeria (7%)
- China (7%)
- Pakistan (3%)
- United Kingdom (2%)
- Brazil (2%)
- United States (2%)
- Iran (2%)
- France (2%)
- South Korea (1%)
Unsurprisingly, Indians continue to receive the majority of ITAs. As the world’s second largest country, India has a significant middle-class population that speaks English, has high levels of education, and the work experience and skills that are desired by employers in Canada.
The leading occupations of successful Express Entry candidates in 2019 were:
- Software engineers and designers
- Information systems analysts and consultants
- Computer programmers and interactive media developers
- Financial auditors and accountants
- Administrative assistants
Indian professionals are arriving to Canada with these sorts of occupational backgrounds, and are particularly adept in ICT-related professions. In fact, many are former H-1B or other visa holders who worked in tech jobs in the U.S., and then decided to move to Canada. 12 per cent of ITAs went to people living in the U.S. in 2019.
The freeze on H-1B visas by the U.S. government creates much uncertainty for global talent. As a result, it may lead to even more Indians succeeding through Express Entry in the near future.
Nigeria moves to #2
Nigeria has overtaken China as the second-leading source of successful Express Entry candidates. Nigerian immigration to Canada has been booming in recent years.
Nigerians are a great source of talent since English is their country’s official language, they have high levels of education, and have many professionals with backgrounds in ICT, STEM-related fields, and oil and gas, all of which are prevalent fields within Canada’s economy.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, global oil prices have fallen even further. Oil-rich countries such as Nigeria may bear a heavy burden as a result, which may cause even more Nigerians to move to Canada in the coming years.
48 per cent of ITAs went to Express Entry candidates who were already residing in Canada.
This is a function of how Express Entry’s CRS awards points.
Plenty of research shows that immigrants who have Canadian experience are able to integrate quickly into Canada’s economy once they obtain PR.
Fortunately, research shows that immigrants who arrive to Canada from overseas are also very successful in the economy.
Given that the CRS awards additional points to candidates with Canadian education and work experience, former Canadian international students and foreign workers have a strong advantage under Express Entry.
The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is one of various programs designed to help such individuals obtain PR. Many Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams, for example, also serve the same purpose.
Candidates living outside of Canada should not hesitate to submit an Express Entry profile.
After all, they still account for the majority of successful candidates. Moreover, the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) remains the leading Express Entry program, comprising 45 per cent of all ITAs.
It is true that IRCC has not issued ITAs to FSWP candidates since the start of the pandemic. However, such candidates should not lose hope.
Canada values global talent from all over the world, and it will eventually resume issuing ITAs to people currently residing outside of its borders.
(Source: Immigration News, edited)