Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 183 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence on March 17.
Canada immigration ministry invited candidates who had a minimum score of 682. This Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirements seem quite high, but that is because candidates invited had previously obtained a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
The 183 Express Entry candidates who received a provincial nomination are practically given additional 600 points on top of their original human capital score. Meaning those who had the minimum CRS score of 682, would have originally had a CRS score of eighty-two (82) without the provincial nomination.
Candidates who had the minimum score of 682 were only added to the draw, if they lodged their Express Entry profile before March 4, 2021, at 16:56:20 UTC, as per the tie-break rule.
IRCC posted the cut-off time for the tie-break rule as an administrative requirements, regardless of whether there was an actual tie.
This is the 2nd PNP-specific draw in a row. On March 8, Canada invited 671 PNP candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
“It’s a rare occurrence of IRCC holding two consecutive PNP draws,” said Attorney David Cohen. “This shows IRCC is committed to helping provinces and territories address their labor market needs as much as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
So far this year, Canada has released 38,840 Invitations to Apply (ITA). This is about three times higher than the number of ITAs that IRCC rolled out at the same time last year.
Due to the meagre numbers of new immigrants welcomed in 2020, Canada has set the ambitious project of welcoming 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021. Canada has allocated most of the available slots for Express Entry newcomers.
The majority of these invitations came from when IRCC sent out 27,332 invitations on Saturday, February 13. It was not only the highest Express Entry draw ever, but it also had a historically low CRS requirement of Seventy-five (75). Every single Express Entry candidate in the pool who was qualified for the Canadian Experience Class was invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence in that draw.
About Express Entry System
Express Entry is Canada’s application management system for three main federal immigration programs: Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
Immigration candidates in these programs, as well as some PNPs, are awarded a score based on the CRS. These points are given based on the candidate’s human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and language ability in English or French.
The points may be allotted to an individual or a couple. They do not need a job offer, but it may give them some additional points. It is not necessary to have ever lived, worked, or studied in Canada, though during the COVID-19 pandemic IRCC is prioritizing candidates who are already residing in the country.
The highest-scoring candidates receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence via regular Express Entry rounds of invitation. Once an application has been lodged, IRCC will make a final decision and grant a Confirmation of Permanent Residence to the candidates if they accept the application.
The penultimate step for approved permanent residents is to stay in Canada and apply for a PR Card. At this stage, such persons are officially permanent residents of Canada and may eventually apply for citizenship.