What does the change mean? More than 31,000 invitations to apply for permanent residency were issued to foreign nationals in the first year, of which more than 21,000 applications remain pending and about 10,000 foreign nationals and their family members were admitted to Canada.
Of the total 191,279 Express Entry profiles submitted as of Jan. 3, 63,937 profiles remained in the pool as active candidates or with an outstanding invitation to apply (after removing candidates who were ineligible, who left the pool or whose profiles expired).
The top country of nationality of those invited to apply was India (22 percent), followed by the Philippines (13 percent), then China, the United Kingdom, Ireland and the U.S. (all under 6 percent). A total of 78 percent of invitations to apply were issued to those residing in Canada.
Food industry professionals were the largest group of invited candidates, following by IT professionals, business and finance professionals and university professors.