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Canada Invites 521 Express Entry Candidates to Apply for Permanent Residence

The minimum CRS score requirement has dropped to its lowest level since June.

On September 15, Canada welcomed 521 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residency.

All of the invited 521 Express Entry candidates had already been nominated through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which resulted in an automatic 600-point boost to their Express Entry score.

The 521 Express Entry candidates needed a score of at least 732 to be invited as a consequence of the award.

Candidates who were selected through Express Entry today have 60 days to apply for permanent residency.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 635 immigration candidates with scores of at least 764 in the previous PNP draw two weeks ago.

18 PNP draws, more than 100,000 ITAs

IRCC has only done PNP and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Express Entry draws since the beginning of 2021. This is the year’s 18th PNP-specific drawing.

The IRCC usually runs a PNP draw on Wednesdays and a CEC draw on Thursdays.

Although, the CEC draw, which was supposed to take place on September 2, did not happen.

The most recent CEC draw took place just a few days ago.

On February 13, IRCC invited every single CEC candidate in the pool, breaking the Express Entry draw pattern for the first time this year.

It didn’t host another CEC draw for about a month after that. In April and May, the IRCC performed an irregular CEC draw.

The number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued by IRCC has nearly doubled from the same period last year.

The immigration ministry hopes to admit 108,500 newcomers under the Express Entry mechanism this year.

Due to the nature of CEC and PNP-only draws, the minimum score criteria have fluctuated.

Because CEC drawings are limited to a single group of applicants, the cutoffs are usually lower.

In the Federal Skilled Worker Program, for example, they are not competing with others.

As a result, larger draw sizes allow IRCC to invite more candidates, lowering the score.

With their provincial nomination, PNP candidates automatically receive 600 points, hence PNP drawings will always be larger than any other sort of Express Entry draw.

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is a points-based system for managing immigration applications for the three Federal High Skilled programs, which include the:

  • Canadian Experience Class,
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program,
  • and Federal Skilled Trades Program.

You will be awarded a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System if you are eligible for an Express Entry-managed program (CRS).

The CRS assigns points based on a variety of factors, including skilled work experience, age, education, official language skills, and others.

The CRS is out of a possible 1,200 points. Except for PNP candidates, who receive an automatic 600 CRS points for receiving a provincial nomination, the vast majority have fewer than 500 points.

During regular rounds of invitation, IRCC invites the highest scoring candidates to seek for permanent residency.

Candidates who have been invited to apply for Canadian immigration can do so now.

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Recent Express Entry / PNP Draws 2021

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How To Apply For Express Entry 

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If you want to apply for Express Entry, below are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Find out if you are eligible

Many interested candidates do not always know whether they are eligible for the program. To find out your eligibility status, check our resource page.

Step 2: Get your documents ready

You need to put all your documents together to apply for Express Entry.

You may need documents, such as language test results (e.g IELTS), to show that you are eligible for Express Entry.

Some documents take a long time to get, so you should start planning on getting them ready now.

Step 3: Submit your profile

After getting your documents ready, your next step is to open a valid Express Entry profile.

This profile enables you to give detailed information about yourself.

If you are eligible, IRCC will accept you into the pool of candidates.

You will be ranked in the Express Entry pool using a points-based system.

Your score is based on the information provided in your profile.

Step 4: Receive an invitation and apply for permanent residence

IRCC sends invitations to apply to the candidates with the highest scores in the pool.

If you are successful, you will receive an invitation to apply, where you are given 90 days to submit your application for permanent residence.

Ensure you submit all supporting documents to enable the immigration department to process your application.

Processing time for Express Entry usually takes 6 months or less.

Once your application is approved and successful, you will receive confirmation of permanent residence (COPR) from IRCC.

With your COPR, you can complete your landing process in Canada.

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What is the average processing time for Express Entry Canada?

Express Entry is a program that allows people to enter Canada quickly.

The full procedure may take six months, or even less, for eligible candidates who receive an invitation to apply (ITA) immediately after entering the pool and then quickly submit a comprehensive application.

The following variables, however, may cause this timeline to be extended and should be considered:

Firstly, while some candidates are invited shortly after entering the Express Entry pool, others may obtain an ITA until months later or not at all.

These depend on their CRS score and CRS cut-off thresholds in Express Entry draws.

Secondly, some invited candidates may be ready to apply for immigration to Canada shortly after receiving their invitation, while others may require more time than the 60 days provided.

While the IRCC seeks to complete applications in six months, some applications may take longer, and some decisions on other applications may be made sooner.

How To Improve CRS Points Score for Canada Experience Class (CEC)

If you need help improving your CRS score before the next Express Entry Draw in July here are key ways to improve your CRS score.

In the following weeks, months, and years, more invites are expected to be given, benefiting people and families from all over the world who aspire to make Canada their permanent home.

The Comprehensive Ranking System is a 1,200-point scale that is used to compare federal economic applicants.

It’s part of the Express Entry system, which began processing permanent residency applications in January 2015.

The score is used as a cut-off point in Express Entry draws. Its purpose is to forecast a candidate’s chances of achieving economic success in Canada.

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