On July 21, Canada invited 462 Express Entry applicants to apply for permanent residency. All of the candidates who were invited had already been nominated by a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
This is why the cut-off score of 734 was relatively high. Provincial nominees in the Express Entry pool will have 600 points automatically added to their score.
The lowest-scoring candidate would have received 134 points if the nomination had not occurred.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) also announced a cutoff time for the tie-break rule.
This is an administrative requirement, and it does not mean there was any actual tie.
The Express Entry applicants who had the minimum score were only invited if they submitted their profile before April 11, 2021, at 10:56:32 UTC.
In the previous PNP draw, Canada invited 627 Express Entry applicants. The minimum required score was 760.
The new draw resulted in fewer invitations as well as a lower cutoff score.
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PNP and CEC draws
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, IRCC has only held PNP and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) draws.
This is because these candidates are more likely to already be living in Canada and are less likely to be hampered by public health measures such as travel restrictions.
Coronavirus-related measures in Canada are beginning to be phased out.
In August, the border between Canada and the United States will reopen to non-essential travel by fully vaccinated U.S. visitors.
The border will then be opened to fully vaccinated people from all other countries in September. Direct flights to India, on the other hand, are still suspended until August 21.
According to its immigration levels plan, Canada has set a target of welcoming 401,000 new immigrants this year.
A quarter of these is scheduled to use the Express Entry system.
This year, Canada has invited nearly twice as many Express Entry applicants in comparison to the same time last year.
Canada has invited 94,304 Express Entry applicants to apply so far.
The large number stems from IRCC’s historic February 13 draw, in which it invited every CEC-eligible candidate in the pool, a total of 27,332 people.
According to an IRCC email, approximately 87 percent of those invited that day applied for permanent residence before the 90-day deadline.
The score requirements for PNP-only and CEC-only draws are vastly different.
This is due to the fact that PNP applicants’ scores are automatically increased by 600 points.
Candidates for CEC are not competing for invitations to other programs.
As a result, IRCC takes more off the top, allowing cutoff scores to fall lower.
Recent Express Entry / CEC Draws
|196||July 8th, 2021||4,500||369||CEC|
|195||July 7th, 2021||627||760||PNP|
|194||June 24, 2021||6,000||357||CEC|
|193||June 23, 2021||1,002||742||PNP|
|192||June 10, 2021||6,000||368||CEC|
|191||June 9, 2021||940||711||PNP|
|190||May 31, 2021||5,956||380||CEC|
|189||May 26, 2021||500||713||PNP|
|188||May 20, 2021||1,842||397||CEC|
|187||May 13, 2021||4,147||401||CEC|
|186||May 12, 2021||557||752||PNP|
|185||April 29, 2021||6,000||400||CEC|
|184||April 28, 2021||381||717||PNP|
|183||April 16, 2021||6,000||417||CEC|
|182||April 14, 2021||266||753||PNP|
|181||April 1, 2021||5,000||432||CEC|
|180||March 31, 2021||284||778||PNP|
|179||March 18, 2021||5,000||449||CEC|
|178||March 17, 2021||183||682||PNP|
|177||March 8, 2021||671||739||PNP|
|176||February 13, 2021||27,332||75||CEC|
|175||February 10, 2021||654||720||PNP|
|174||January 21, 2021||4626||454||CEC|
|173||January 20, 2021||374||741||PNP|
|172||January 7, 2021||4750||461||CEC|
|171||January 6, 2021||250||813||PNP|
|170||December 23, 2020||5000||468||No program specified|
|169||December 9, 2020||5000||469||No program specified|
|168||November 25, 2020||5000||469||No program specified|
|167||November 18, 2020||5000||472||No program specified|
|166||November 05, 2020||4500||478||No program specified|
What is Express Entry?
Express Entry controls and manages the applications for Federal High Skilled programs, which include the:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program,
- Federal Skilled Trades Program, and
- Canadian Experience Class.
Some PNPs also utilize 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.
The 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.
How To Apply For Express Entry
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.
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.
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.
You can also keep up with Canada’s immigration news and special immigration draws with our Newsfeed.