Canada invited 671 Express Entry candidates to send in their applications for Canadian permanent residence on March 8.
Canada’s immigration department, IRCC, invited candidates who had a minimum score of 739. This score requirement seems very high, but that is because everyone invited had previously gotten a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
The 671 Express Entry candidates who received a provincial nomination are automatically given an extra 600 points on top of their actual human capital score. Meaning those who obtained the minimum score of 739, had a Comprehensive Ranking System score of 139 without the provincial nomination.
“Provincial nominees have shown that they will benefit provincial labor markets,” said Attorney David Cohen, Senior Partner of Campbell Cohen. “In turn, Canadian provinces support their Express Entry application with an award that assured they will be invited to apply for permanent residence.”
Express Entry candidates who had the minimum score of 739 were only included if they lodge their Express Entry profile before Feb. 16, 2021, at 19:10:25 UTC, as per the tie-break rule.
So far this year, Canada has sent out 38,657 Invitations to Apply (ITA). This is more than three times bigger than the number of ITAs that IRCC rolled out at the same time last year.
Due to the reduced numbers of new immigrants welcomed in 2020, Canada has set the ambitious target of welcoming 401,00 new permanent residence in 2021. Most of these are allocated to come via the Express Entry system.
The majority of these invitations came from when IRCC sent out 27,332 invitations from the last draw on Saturday, Feb. 13. This is not only the biggest Express Entry draw ever to be held, but it also had a historically low CRS requirement of Seventy-five (75).
It is uncommon to see draws happen more than two weeks apart. Today’s draw comes twenty-two (22) days after the Saturday draw when every single candidate in the pool who was qualified for the Canadian Experience Class was invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
How does Express Entry work?
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.