Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 654 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on February 10, 2021. Canada invited candidates who had a minimum score of 720.
Only the 654 Express Entry candidates who had obtained a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) were issued invitations in the latest draw, which is why the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut off score was very high.
Candidates who have obtained nominations from Express Entry-aligned PNPs automatically get additional 600 points added to their overall score.
Today’s draw CRS score was twenty-one (21) points lower than that of the last PNP-specific round of invitations conducted on January 20, 2021.
Express Entry is the government’s application management system for three main federal immigration programs: Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
Express Entry candidates in these programs, as well as some PNPs, are awarded a score based on the CRS. These points are allotted based on the candidate’s human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and language ability in French or English.
The points may be awarded to an individual or a couple. Express Entry candidates do not need to have any Canadian experience in order to be invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence. They do not need a job offer, but it may give them added points.
The highest-scoring candidates receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada, via regular Express Entry rounds of invitation.
Once an application has been lodged, the immigration department will make a final decision and send a Confirmation of Permanent Residence if the application is approved.
The penultimate step for approved permanent residents is to move to Canada and apply for a PR Card. At this stage, such persons are officially immigrated to Canada and may eventually apply for citizenship.
In case of a tie between immigration candidates, IRCC applies the tie-breaking rule. In the recent draw, candidates who had a CRS score of 720 or more, were required to have lodged their Express Entry profile before August 14, 2020, at 6:51:00 UTC in order to get an invitation.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was a record-breaking year for Express Entry. By the end, Canada had rolled out 108,350 invites to Express Entry candidates. This year is expected to be even bigger, as Ottawa has raised immigration target levels to make up for the deficit of new permanent residents admitted to Canada last year.
IRCC has now rolled out 10,654 ITAs through four program-specific draws to kickstart 2021.
The year 2021 is expected to see further increases as the immigration department has boosted immigration targets to further compensate for the reduced number of new permanent residents received to Canada last year.
IRCC is also likely to place greater reliance on skilled workers and potential immigrants already living in Canada to meet these targets, in part due to the ongoing COVID-19 measures and the current challenges linked with border closures and restrictions. IRCC has not yet conducted an all-program draw in 2021.
Canada is expected to welcome 401,000 new permanent immigrants this year, of these, 108,500 are assigned to come through an Express Entry-managed program. These targets are expected to increase over the next three years, rising to 110,500 in 2022 and 113,750 in 2023.
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