Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held yet another program-specific Express Entry draw on May 12.
This is the 186th Express Entry draw which targeted only candidates with prior provincial nominations. A brief summary of the nomination draw is as below:
- Increased Draw Size: Canada invites 176 more candidates than the previous PNP-only draw resulting in a total of 557 ITAs for Canada PR.
All the invited candidates have already demonstrated their connection to a province or territory and experience to succeed in the labor market by securing a provincial nomination.
Further, they may qualify to receive invitations for permanent residency through the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, or Canadian Experience Class.
- Higher Qualifying Score: Any prospective candidates that seek to register their profile for consideration under the Express Entry system shall be assessed and ranked based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
Such profiles are evaluated on a total of 1200 points and considers human capital factors like age, education, work experience outside Canada, language proficiency in English/French, spouse adaptability, Canadian study experience, etc. Those who receive provincial nominations through ‘enhanced’ PNP streams will get an additional 600 points towards their CRS score.
May 12 draw selected candidates having a minimum CRS score of 752 which is 35 points higher than the previous PNP-specific draw.
- Tie-Break Rule: IRCC applies a tie-break rule to avoid disputes in the rankings in the case where two or more candidates are awarded the same CRS score. This draw invited candidates who had a minimum score of 752 and only if they submitted their Express Entry profile before April 29, 2021, at 10:18:12 UTC.
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Express Entry in 2021
IRCC has regularly held Express Entry draws in 2021. Only program-specific draws linked to either Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) or Canada Experience Class (CEC) have been held so far, thereby ignoring the candidates who qualified under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). This may be largely due to the COVID-related travel restrictions internationally.
FSWP candidates are mostly foreign skilled workers who do not have work experience inside Canada and do not hold a job offer in Canada. However, they may qualify for permanent residency based on their age, language proficiency, education, and relevant work experience abroad.
Canada is set to welcome 108,500 new immigrants through Express Entry-managed programs in 2021 alone. So far, more than half, 62,328 Express Entry candidates have been already invited to apply for permanent residency.
Click here to get a quick review of nomination draws in the months of January, February, March, and April 2021.
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