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Canada Invites 557 Express Entry Candidates In New PNP Draw

The immigration refugee and citizenship Canada invited 557 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on May 12.

557 Express Entry candidates needed a score of at least 752 in order to get an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

They also needed to have previously obtained a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

Any time a candidate gets a provincial nomination via an Express Entry-linked PNP, they automatically receive 600 points added to their score.

This is why the score requirement was very high.

Without the nomination, the lowest-scoring immigration candidate would have had a score of 152.

Canada immigration department releases a cutoff time for the tie-break rule as an administrative requirement, regardless of whether there was an actual tie.

In the new draw, immigration candidates who had the minimum score were only invited if they lodge their Express Entry profile before April 29, 2021, at 10:18:12 UTC.

“Having Canadian experience before landing gives PNP candidates an edge in the labor market,” says David Cohen, Senior Attorney of Campbell Cohen. “Studies have shown about two thirds of PNP candidates who become Canadian permanent residents have work prior experience in Canada, and the most are employed in their first year.”

Express Entry In 2021

Since the beginning of the year, Canada has only invited Express Entry candidates via the PNP, and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

This is large because the COVID-related travel restrictions don’t allow approved permanent residents to travel to Canada from overseas, and the federal government is aiming to welcome record-breaking number of new immigrants over the next three years.

In 2021 alone, Canada is set to welcome 108,500 new immigrants via Express Entry-managed programs.

So far, IRCC has invited 62,328 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residents.

PNP-only and CEC-only draws have majorly different CRS requirements.

This is because immigration candidates have the 600-point award attach to their score.

CEC candidates are invited in large numbers, and they are not competing for invitations from other immigration programs.

So, there is more room for the immigration department to invite lower-scoring candidates.

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry controls and manages the applications for Federal High Skilled programs, which include the: Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.

Some PNPs also utilizes the Express Entry system to invite immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

If you are qualified for Express Entry and enter your profile into the pool, you will receive a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

The CRS awards you points based on your education, age, skilled work experience, official language skills, and other factors.

Immigration ministry invites the highest-scoring candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular Express Entry draws.

After you apply, an immigration officer at IRCC makes a decision on your application.

If you are approved, the last step is to finish your landing process and officially become a permanent resident.

Who Was invited?

The following is a hypothetical example of a candidate who may have been invited to the new draw.

Micheal is thirty-four with a master’s degree and has been working as a database analyst for ten years.

He wrote the IELTS and scored a 7.5 in listening and a 6.5 in reading, speaking, and writing. Marco entered the Express Entry pool in January 2020.

He also lodged an Expression of Interest profile to Saskatchewan province through the International Skilled Worker: Saskatchewan Express Entry stream.

He entered the Express Entry pool with a CRS score of 360.

Shortly after lodging a profile to Saskatchewan province, Micheal was invited to apply for provincial nomination.

After being nominated, his Express Entry CRS score increased to 960. Micheal was then invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada in the new Express Entry draw.