Citizens of India dominated Express Entry invitations in 2018, receiving 46 percent of all ITAs issued (41,675).
Citizens of China were a distant second, with 6,248 ITAs, followed by citizens of Nigeria, who received 6,025 ITAs last year.
Core human capital factors
Human capital factors include age, proficiency in English and French, education, and work experience. Combined, they provide what is known as a candidate’s core CRS score, which can reach a maximum of 600 points.
The IRCC data shows that 51 percent of Express Entry candidates who received an ITA in 2018 were between the age of 20 and 29.
In terms of education, 48 per cent had a Master’s degree or entry-to-practice professional degree and another 42 per cent had a post-secondary credential of three years or longer.
A majority of candidates (60 percent) had no Canadian work experience, while 39 percent had five years or more of foreign work experience.
“The evolution of Canada’s Express Entry system has been thrilling to experience and 2018 was no exception, as this report makes clear,” said David Cohen, senior partner with the Campbell, Cohen Canadian immigration law firm in Montreal.
“More than 90,000 foreign workers and their families were welcomed to Canada last year through Express Entry, an unprecedented number that we may see upstaged in the future given the higher targets that Canada has set for 2019 and 2020.”