Latest Canada Express Entry Draw: Invitation to Apply

IRCC sends out express entry invitations every 2 weeks to eligible CEC, FST, FSW and PNP candidates.

Government of Canada invited 613 Express Entry candidates to apply for Permanent Residence (PR) on November 24, 2021. This invitation is the 210th draw since inception of the EE program in 2015. A minimum cut-off mark of 685 was used, and this invitation was for PNP candidates only. Continue reading for details, statistics and pool rankings.

Twice a month, the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invite eligible candidates to apply for permanent residency. These invitations are most often referred to as Express Entry Draws. This page focuses on latest express entry draws, historical invitations, composition of the pool and other key information.

Canada Express Entry draw pool was introduced in 2015 for foreign workers who want to live and work in Canada permanently. This program is organized in three ways:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker.
  2. Federal Skilled Trades.
  3. Canadian Experience Class.

Rounds of Invitations

All rounds of invitation in Canada permanent residency policies are based on criteria set out in the Comprehensive Ranking System, some of which includes:-

  1. Candidate’s age at the time profile was created.
  2. Candidates level of education.
  3. Candidates previous work experience.
  4. Candidates language skills (English and French).
  5. Whether or not the candidate has a job offer, in Canada.
  6. Perceived adaptability to live in Canada.

Candidates that meet the requirements for any of these programs can apply for permanent residency in Canada through the program qualified for.

Candidate that want to be considered for Canada express entry draw  must, first of all, create an Express Entry profile in order to enter the pool of candidates for subsequent draws.

Also, all Canada Express Entry draw profiles are ranked against one another. This is achieved through the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The candidates with the highest scores will qualify for the next pool.

Latest Express Entry Draw #210

Draw Number: #210.
Draw Date: November 24, 2021.
Number of Invitations: 613.
CRS Cut off mark: 737.
Program: Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
Tie-breaking rule: June 22, 2021.

November 24the IRCC Invitation to Apply News

On the 24th of November 2021, 613 express entry candidates were invited to apply for permanent residency in Canada under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). A CRS cut off mark of 685 was used.

The November 24, 2021 Canada express entry draw is the 210th draw since start of this immigration program in 2015.

As has been the case in previous Invitation to Apply (ITAs), PNPs have higher cut off marks compared to other EE programs such as Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker and Federal Skilled Trades.

Eligible applicants under the Provincial Nominee category are awarded additional 600 points from their provinces.

Last Express Entry Draw

The immediate past draw was held on November 10, 2021, where 775 applicants were invited using a minimum cut off mark of 685 and a tie-breaking rule of August 11.

Next Canada Express Entry draw is expected in 2-weeks time from the date of this invitation.

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Express Entry History

The Canada Express Entry uses a Comprehensive Ranking System, also known as CRS to rank applicants.

The CRS method helps the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), in the assessment of eligible candidates based on the points shown in their your Express Entry Profile.

The table below shows history of all Canada Express Entry draws from 2015 to date with the minimum score, number of candidates invited, program type and date of tie-breaking rule.

Date of ITAView detailsCRS Cut Off MarkCandidates InvitedTie-Breaking RuleProgram
1636502400000IRCC Express Entry Draw #2096857751628726436000Provincial Nominee Category
1637712000000IRCC Express Entry Draw #2107376131624320000000Provincial Nominee Category
1635292836000IRCC Express Entry Draw #2087448881633564836000Provincial Nominee Category
1634083236000IRCC Express Entry Draw #2077206811615852836000Provincial Nominee Category
1632873636000IRCC Express Entry Draw #2067427611627516836000Provincial Nominee Category
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Express Entry Pool Composition

IRCC release a table with composition of the express entry pool (also known as IRCC CRS score distribution table) every two weeks, ideally, immediately after a draw is completed.

A total of 190,102 candidates are currently in the Canada Express Entry Pool following the November 24th Invitations. The table below shows breakdown of number of candidates in each score group Express Entry pool, as of date of last draw.

Table showing distribution of candidates in Express Entry Pool, starting from 601-1200 down to 0-300.

CRS score rangeNumber of candidates
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Date of Next Express Entry Draw 2021

Permanent residency applicants are often curious to know the next express entry draw date and possible cut off score prediction for PNP, CEC, FSW and FST programs.

Truth is, next express entry draw crs prediction are solely speculations, and often based on the minimum scores used for preceding invitations. The next draw is usually 2 weeks away from date of most recent draw, so applicants are advised to be on the look out.

One way to stay informed is to visit our website regularly, through our newsletter or to subscribe to any of our social channels.

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Canada has 3 Express Entry Programs

Express Entry is an online application management system that the Canadian Government use to manage applications for permanent residence for 3 programs:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program.
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program.
  3. Canadian Experience Class

Each of these programs have their key differences and specific eligibility requirements. Among other factors, Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) and the NOC System code are key criteria in the Canadian Express Entry System.

Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)

According to IRCC, CLB is the Canadian standard used to describe, measure and recognize English language ability of adult immigrants and prospective immigrants who plan to live and work in Canada, or apply for citizenship.

The Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens is used to assess abilities in the French language.

There are 4 language ability tests:

  • writing.
  • reading.
  • listening.
  • speaking

The NOC System

The NOC is a list of all the occupations in the Canadian labor market. It describes each job according to skill type and skill level. For immigration purposes, these are the main job groups:

  • Skill Type 0 (zero): Management jobs.
  • Skill Level A: Professional jobs that usually call for a degree from a university.
  • Skill Level B: Technical jobs and skilled trades that usually call for a college diploma or training as an apprentice.
  • Skill Level C: Intermediate jobs that usually call for high school and/or job-specific training.
  • Skill Level D: Labour jobs that usually give on-the-job training.

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We have a tool (adapted from IRCC) that you can use to check your CRS score. With our free assessment tool, you will know your chances of being invited in the next draw date or later dates.

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IRCC Invitation To Apply (ITA)

All candidates who reach the minimum requirements for Canada express entry draw are given an invitation to apply. Applicants who receive an invitation to apply have less than 60 days to reply to the offer.

If you are among the successful candidates, you will get a message in your account telling you: 

  • the program you’ve been invited to apply for
  • the next step to take towards applying.

Candidates who decide to accept the invitation to apply must prove that the information in their express entry draw profile is the same with what they have provided in PR application. 

Thus, if the information in your application is different from what you have in your Canada express entry draw profile, the IRCC may:

  • refuse your application
  • find you inadmissible
  • bar you from applying for 5 years 

Declining an invitation to apply

You can decline an invitation to apply for many reasons. When you do that, you will be put back into the Express Entry pool of candidates. This presents you with a chance to be considered in future rounds of invitations only if you’re still eligible.

When you decline an invitation to apply, you must meet the cut-off score for the next round. However, you must know that the cut off mark for Canada express entry varies for each round. Sometimes, you may have to take steps to be invited to apply again. For instance, you may need to:

  • improve your score, or
  • update your profile.

You must note that there is no guarantee that you will be invited to apply again. However, even after declining, you can choose to re-enter the pool. When you do that, your invitation to apply will not be affected by whether you have declined an invitation before or not.

You must send in an invitation within 60 days. This is because your profile will be removed from the pool if you didn’t apply or decline the invitation. If your profile is removed, you can only be allowed when you:

  • fill out and submit a new Canada Express Entry profile.
  • meet the eligibility.
  • be accepted into the pool again.

Canada Express Entry Profile

To qualify for any Canada express entry program, you must create your Express Entry profile. This is where you will be getting all the information you need about Canada’s permanent residence.

If you qualify, you will get an online account where you can create an express entry profile. In your express entry profile, you have to do the following:

  1. Enter your personal details.
  2. Create or sign in to your account
  3. To complete your profile, you’ll need:
  4. information from certain documents (for example, language test results)
  5. your National Occupational Classification (NOC) job title and code

You have 60 days to complete and submit your Express Entry profile. Otherwise, you’ll have to start again.

Finally, you can submit your profile online once finished filling it. After that, the IRCC will decide which immigration program you’re eligible for Canada Express Entry system.

Types of Express Entry Draws

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have four program areas under which immigration invitations are made. They are: 

1. Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

CEC draws target candidates in the Express Entry pool who have at least 1 year of Canadian Work Experience. However, you must meet other eligibility criteria, such as language, age, education and so on before you can apply.

2. Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws

This draw is for candidates who do not meet the criteria for CEC. However, they meet the provincial requirements. This, that candidate can get a provincial nomination from that particular province.

3. Federal Skilled Trade Worker (FST) draws

Candidates who have certain skills that are in demand in Canada can use this avenue to get Canada permanent residence.

This Canada express entry draw targets candidates in the Express Entry pool who qualify under the Federal Skilled Trade Program.

4. Federal Skilled Workers (FSW) Draws

Similar to other draws, the FSW focuses on candidates invited under the FSW program.

Generally, these candidates have a lower CRS score in comparison to others in the pool.

*5. All Program Draws

All program Canada express entry draws do not focus on any particular program. Instead, candidates can qualify based on their overall score. 

Generally, any candidate can get an invitation to apply irrespective of the program they qualify under.

Provinces that participate in PNPs

To begin with, each province in Canada has its own Canada’s provincial nominee program (PNP), each of which offer a pathway to candidates who want a Canadian permanent residence in that province.

Usually, applicants who do not qualify for any of the programs under the Canada express entry may qualify for a provincial program. However, these programs are specific to each Canadian province or territory. Also, each provincial program is designed to meet specific economic demands of the host province – such as jobs in demand.

In addition to economic factors, demographic needs also play an important role. Hence, each province and territory put all these into consideration.

Provinces and Territories

The following Canadian provinces and territories offer provincial nominee programs and have draws in the express entry bi-weekly ITAs:

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Quebec
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon
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What to do if you’re not invited to apply?

Your express entry profile will expire automatically if you don’t get an invitation to apply after 12 months. So, you must be called for the Canada express entry draw if you qualify after 12 months. You can see this date in your account.

The IRCC will remove the account once it expires. After removing the account they will send you a message to remind you.

However, you can create a new Canada express entry draw account. Also if your profile is about to expire, you can print out screenshots of your profile to make it easier to re-enter your data.

When Is the Next Express Entry Draw Date?

Normally, a Canada express entry occurs every two weeks on a Wednesday. However, there are situations where a PNP draw will occur on a Wednesday. In such cases, the Canada express entry draw will take place the following day being Thursday. The latest Express Entry Draw was #206 on September 29th, 2021.

In this draw, about 761 candidates got an invitation to apply. As usual, the draw targeted PNP candidates. So, hopefully, the next draw will target either CEC or FSW.

What is Federal express entry?

The Federal express entry is the Canadian government immigration program that targets special candidates for Canadian permanent residence. The programs include:

  • Canada Experience Class.
  • Federal Skilled Worker program.
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program.