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Express Entry: Canada Invited 462 PNP Candidates In New Draw

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.

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

Draw # Date ITA CRS Program
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.

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.

You can also keep up with Canada’s immigration news and special immigration draws with our Newsfeed.

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