Canada has set itself an ambitious target to invite over 1.2 million new immigrants by the end of 2023. It would mean about 401,000 new immigrants will be invited in 2021. Moreover, 60% of the total target is said to be achieved through economic-class immigration programs like Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Programs and Business Immigration programs.
In 2021 alone, 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.
During the month of June, IRCC broke records by conducting two of its largest-ever Express Entry draws targeting candidates with prior provincial nominations. The draw size for two other Express Entry draws exclusively inviting candidates with prior work experience remained fairly large as well.
A total of 12 PNP draws and 4 Express Entry draws in June 2021 contributed to a total of 19,000 ITAs. It is to be viewed as a sign of relief as more new aspirants can be expected to immigrate to Canada very soon.
Nominations Under Express Entry in June 2021
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 nearly 90,000 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 – June 2021|
|Draw Number||Nomination Draw Date||Qualifying CRS||ITAs issued|
|#191||June 09||PNP-specific: 711 points||940|
|#192||June 10||CEC-specific: 368 points||6,000|
|#193||June 23||PNP-specific: 742 points||1,002|
|#194||June 24||CEC-specific: 357 points||6,000|
Observing the Express Entry draw trends in June 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.
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.
Active Provincial Nominations for Canada PR in June 2021
The unique arrangement between the federal and provincial/territorial governments in Canada allows the nomination of foreign candidates separately based on the unique labour demand of each province. Later on, these provincial nominations allow eligible candidates to apply for permanent residence.
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.
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.
Over 917 candidates were invited to apply for the provincial nomination throughout the past month. These provincial nominations were issued through the Express Entry British Columbia, Skills Immigration, and Entrepreneur streams.
In a parallel development, the province has indefinitely extended the validity of its infamous British Columbia’s Tech pilot project. This would result in more nominations of specific foreign tech workers to immigrate to Canada.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) held three draws last month.
A total of 1923 ITAs were issued by the province under the Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream, the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker and Employer job offer: International Student stream. Further, the province also targeted around 583 candidates with work experience in 10 targeted occupations and who may qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream.
Ontario is now eyeing to welcome at least 8,350 eligible candidates to apply for permanent residency (PR) in 2021. Typically, foreign workers with Canadian work experience in occupations relating to National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level 0, A, B. Such jobs include Managerial positions, Experts in certain fields, Professionals, Supervisors with graduate-level or higher education qualifications.
The province held two draws and invited a total of 375 candidates. Officials from the province have reportedly spoken to media persons confirming that the AINP has now removed the temporary criteria adjustments made to the Alberta Express Entry Stream in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Manitoba issued nearly 687 invitations to apply for provincial nominations last month. The province held three draws through the following three streams: Skilled Workers in Manitoba, International Education Stream, and Skilled Workers Overseas. Of the total number of nominations, a significant number, 427, went to Express Entry candidates.
In June, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) had a dull month with just one invitation round through the Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories. A total of 255 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination were issued.
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Most of the invitations, 101, were issued to Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates. The remaining 12 invitations went to Business Impact candidates who had a minimum point threshold of 60.
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 up to five years.
Here’s a quick review of our previous editions of monthly nomination draws review:
- Monthly nomination draws January 2021,
- Monthly nomination draws February 2021,
- Monthly nomination draws March 2021,
- Monthly nomination draws April 2021.
- Monthly nomination draws May 2021.
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