Monthly Review: Canada PR Nomination Draws in April 2021

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Canada is expected to welcome over 401,000 new immigrants in 2021. About 80,000 invitations will be sent out to eligible candidates through PNP and over 108,800 ITAs for Canada PR through Express Entry programs. Canada PR Nomination Draw.

Adhering to its immigration targets for 2021-2023, the federal & provincial governments have issued nearly 20,000 invitations to apply for permanent residence in Canada in the month of April 2021. Here’s a quick review of nomination draws in the month of January 2021, February 2021, March 2021


It can be read as a sign of relief and more new aspirants can be expected to immigrate to Canada very soon. 

ITAs For Canada PR Under Express Entry 

Canada Express Entry is a long-drawn two-step process. 

As it manages the application database for three federal immigration programs – the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), the Federal Skills Trades (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) – aspirants are first required to qualify for individual program requirements. Such eligible profiles are assessed and ranked on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Core human factors such as age, education, language skills, and work experience are used to calculate a CRS profile score. 

The second step will involve the fortnightly nomination draws held by IRCC. The high-ranking candidates based on the CRS score get invitations to apply (ITA) for permanent residence (PR). 

Express Entry has already issued over 60,000 ITAs for Canada PR so far in 2021. In fact, it is almost half of the expected annual target of 108,800 ITAs in 2021. 

Express Entry Draws – April 2021
Draw Number Nomination Draw Date Qualifying CRS ITAs issued
#181 April 01 CEC-specific: 432 points 5,000
#182 April 14 PNP-specific: 753 points 266
#183 April 16 CEC-specific: 417 points 6,000
#184 April 28 PNP-specific: 717 points 381
#185 April 29 CEC-specific: 400 6,000

Observing the Express Entry draw trends in April 2021, one may witness an increasing preference for candidates having a prior work experience inside Canada. Otherwise said, the IRCC is pushing more temporary workers, international graduates, recent graduates present in Canada to apply for permanent residence. Canada PR Nomination Draw

Somewhere in the whole nomination draws in 2021, the preference for candidates under Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is still being sidelined. Usually, foreign skilled workers who have adequate work experience but outside Canada are considered under the FSWP category. 

In the year 2019, before the current pandemic exploded the scenes, Canada created a record nomination through Express Entry draws by inviting over 1 million foreign skilled workers for the first time in its history. Data from Statistics Canada reveal that more candidates from the FSWP category were preferred. Canada repeated the same feat in 2020, however, more candidates qualified under CEC & PNP categories.   

Provincial Nominations To Qualify For Canada PR

The unique arrangement between the federal and provincial/territorial governments in Canada allows the nomination of foreign candidates separately based on the unique labor demand of each province. Later on, these provincial nominations allow eligible candidates to apply for permanent residence

Canadian provinces such as Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Prince Edward Island had remained active this month.

Further, candidates with an active Express Entry were extremely benefitted as provincial nomination will give them a chance to gain an additional 600 points towards their overall CRS score. This would effectively guarantee them an ITA for Canada PR in a subsequent Express Entry draw. 

Provincial Nominee Program Draws- April 2021
Province ITAs issues Eligible Immigration Streams
Alberta – April 06 200 Candidates invited under the Alberta Express Entry stream needed a CRS score of at least 302. Further, they were also required to have work experience in any occupation that supports the province’s economic development and diversification priorities
April 20 200 Qualifying CRS dropped to 301. All other requirements remain the same. 
British Columbia – April 06– Tech Pilot Draw 80  Skilled worker and international graduate subcategories needed a qualifying provincial nomination score of 80, in addition to qualifying for one of 29 in-demand tech occupations
April 20 – Tech Pilot Draw 90
April 13 452 B.C.held the third-largest PNP draw of 2021. Nominations were issued to candidates in the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of Skilled Immigration and Express Entry British Columbia streams. 
April 27 362 Candidates with a provincial score ranging between 78 and 95 points under Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) and Skills Immigration (SI) categories.  

The separate draw for applicants whose occupation falls under NOC 0621 or NOC 0631, resulted in 14 invitations with scores of  113.

Saskatchewan – April 08 279 International Skilled Worker category through two subcategories: Express Entry, and Occupations In-Demand.  
April 22 269
Ontario – April 13 – Tech Draw 528 Express Entry candidates whose Comprehensive Ranking System scores ranged between 456 and 467.

Further, candidates with at least one year of work experience in any of the 6 selected job including: 

Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213); Computer engineers (NOC 2147); Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172); Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173); Computer programmer and interactive media developers (NOC 2174); or Web designers and developers (NOC 2175). 

Manitoba – April 08 243
  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba— 208 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 456;
  • Skilled Workers Overseas— 14 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 708; and
  • International Education Stream— 21 invitations with no EOI score requirement.

Further, a total of 15 LAAs went to Express Entry candidates.

April 19 399
  • 30 candidates invited under a strategic recruitment initiative with an EOI score of at least 703; and
  • 369 Express Entry candidates invited with an EOI score of at least 612
April 27 367 Manitoba holds biggest Skilled Worker in Manitoba in 2021

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba— 301 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 440;
  • Skilled Workers Overseas— 11 invitations with a minimum EOI score of 721; and
  • International Education Stream— 55 invitations with no EOI score requirement.

A total of 34 invitations, also known as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs), went to Express Entry candidates.

Prince Edward Island – April 15 156 Eligible candidates were invited under Express Entry, Labour Impact and

Business Impact categories.

140 invitations went to Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates. The remaining 16 invitations went to Business Impact candidates who had a minimum point threshold of 75.

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Over 3,000 eligible foreign talent received invitations to apply for provincial nominations in the month of April 2021 Canada PR Nomination Draw.  With improved retention rates for immigrants in Atlantic Canada, which otherwise was not much popular among immigrants, Canadian immigration through Provincial Nominee Program, Express Entry is gaining much steam. 

Further, demand for foreign entrepreneurs is being created through this new entrepreneur immigration pathway for international graduates to apply for Canada PR. 

As an aspirant to migrate and settle in Canada, now is the best time for you to apply. Further, you are also being informed that any misrepresentation on your visa application can cause a ban of upto five years

You can avoid it by consulting a genuine immigration consultant like CanApprove.

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