On July 7, Canada invited 627 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residency.
Only candidates who had received a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) were invited to the invitation round (PNP). A minimum score of 760 was required for these candidates.
The cutoff score is relatively high because PNP candidates always receive 600 points added to their score.
The lowest-scoring 627 Express Entry candidate would have received 160 points if this award had not been given.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) also announced a cutoff time for the tie-break rule.
This is merely a procedural necessity; it does not imply that there was an actual tie.
Candidates with the minimum score were only invited if their Express Entry profile was submitted by June 14, 2021, at 07:44:05 UTC.
Details of Express Entry Draws of 2021
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More numbers of PNP candidates in recent draws
IRCC has only held PNP and Canadian Experience Class (CEC)-specific draws during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is because these candidates are more likely to be Canadian citizens who will be less affected by public health measures such as travel restrictions.
In recent times, IRCC has been inviting large numbers of candidates to recent PNP-specific draws.
On June 23, the IRCC invited over 1,000 PNP applicants for the first time. The immigration ministry had already invited 940 candidates.
These large draw sizes could be part of a plan to satisfy Canada’s 2021 immigration targets.
This year, the federal government has pledged to welcome 401,000 new immigrants to Canada.
Only around a fifth of these will be admitted through the Express Entry system.
Canada has invited 89,342 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residency so far this year.
Canada has welcomed nearly twice as many Express Entry candidates this year as it did last year at this time.
The enormous number stems from the record February 13 draw, in which IRCC invited a record-breaking 27,332 CEC-eligible candidates in the pool.
According to an IRCC email, almost 87 percent of candidates invited that day applied for permanent residency before the 90-day limit.
The score requirements for PNP-only and CEC-only drawings are vastly different.
Because of the 600-point award, PNP drawings have higher cutoffs, but CEC draws have lower cutoffs because candidates are not vying for invitations from other programs.
This means IRCC takes more off the top, allowing CEC cutoff scores to drop to lower levels.
On the 21st of June 2021, the IRCC announces that qualified candidates can now fly to Canada (having approved COPR valid certificate).
Many permanent residence candidates who have been granted PR status will be permitted to come to Canada starting June 21, 2021.
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.