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First Express Entry Draw of 2021 Invites 250 Immigration Candidates

Canada starts off the new year by issuing invitations to 250 immigration candidates who have provincial nominations on January 6.

Canada’s immigration ministry invited Express Entry candidates who had a minimum score of 813.

Individuals who have received nominations from an Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Program (PNPs) automatically obtain additional 600 points added to their overall score, which is why the score requirement is quite high compared to other rounds of invitation.

The 250 immigration candidates invited can now officially apply to become Canadian permanent residents.

Express Entry is Canada’s application management system for the three main federal immigration programs: Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Candidates in these programs are awarded a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). These points are awarded based on the principal applicant’s human capital factors such as age, work experience, educational qualification, and language ability in French or English.

The points may be given to an individual or a couple. Although Express Entry candidates do not need to have any Canadian experience, or even a job offer, though it may give them some extra points.

The highest-scoring immigration candidates receive an Invitations for Canadian permanent residence through regular Express Entry rounds of invitation.

After they apply, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will then make a final decision on their application and issue them a Confirmation of Permanent Residence if their immigration application is successful.

The penultimate step for approved permanent residents is to prepare for their landing in Canada and apply for their PR card. At this point, they have officially moved to Canada, and can eventually apply for Canadian citizenship.

The Cumulative relative score of cutoff scores dropped slightly toward the end of 2020. This could be because IRCC started conducting bigger draws, meaning more of the top-scoring candidates were invited this Express Entry pool.

First Express Entry Draw of 2021 Invites 250 Immigration Candidates

In case of a tie between Express Entry candidates, IRCC applies the tie-breaking rule. In the latest draw, candidates who had a CRS score of 469 or more, needed to have lodged their Express Entry profile before Nov. 2, 2020, at 11:11:52 UTC in order to receive 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 invitations to Express Entry candidates.

2021 is expected to be an even bigger year , as IRCC has raised immigration target levels to make up for the shortfalls of new permanent residents invited to Canada last year.

First Express Entry Draw of 2021 Invites 250 Immigration Candidates

Canada is expected to welcome 401,000 new permanent residents next year, of these, 108,500 are allotted to come via an Express Entry-managed program. These immigration 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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