Express Entry: Alternative CEC & PNP Draws For Canada PR

Express Entry Draw #172

Canada may be returning to the period where it held back-to-back Express Entry draws with alternative nominations for Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates and those qualifying only under Canada Experience Class (CEC). 


Within a day after the first Express Entry draw of 2021, IRCC held another program-specific draw by inviting candidates from the federal pool to apply for permanent residence in Canada. 


This year, Canada is targeting to welcome over 108,500 new permanent residents. Any foreign skilled worker, business entrepreneur even with no prior work experience inside Canada may stand eligible for obtaining permanent residence and eventually citizenship in quick time. 


Quick Highlights of January 7 Express Entry Draws


IRCC invited only CEC-candidates contrary to the regular all-program draw that typically includes candidates from the Federal Skills Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skills Trades Program (FSTP), Canada Experience Class (CEC), in addition to those with a prior provincial nomination. 


January 7 Express Entry draw included:  


1.Nomination Draw Size: Unlike the previous PNP-specific draw where only 250 candidates were invited, the CEC-specific draw usually invites a large number of candidates. IRCC posted an exuberant draw size of 4,750 invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canada PR in this draw. 


Any foreign skilled workers, preferably graduating in Canada, and with at least one year of work experience inside Canada may qualify for CEC-specific draw. 


2.Qualifying CRS points: Any profile that is registered in the federal Express Entry pool will be ranked and evaluated out of a total of 1200 points based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). It considered human capital factors like age, education, work experience outside Canada, language proficiency in English/French, spouse adaptability, Canadian study experience, etc. 


Candidates who receive provincial nominations through ‘enhanced’ PNP streams will get an additional 600 points towards their CRS score. 


January 7 draw selected candidates having a minimum CRS score of 461 which is similar to last year’s program-specific qualifying score. 



3.Tie-break Rule: It is quite often that we may see two or more candidates getting the same CRS points. To avoid confusion in the rankings, IRCC uses a tie-break rule that is unique to every draw. 


In the latest draw, those who received a CRS score of 461 or more and submitted their Express Entry profile before September 12, 2020, at 20:46:32 UTC were considered to receive an ITA for Canada PR. 

CRS Calculator

All the selected candidates will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) if their application for Canada PR is successful. Hereon, candidates need to plan for their travel to Canada and later, apply for their PR card. Further, they can even think of securing citizenship after 3 years of stay in Canada. 


Recently, IRCC reported that about 50% of new permanent residents who came to Canada between 2005 and 2015  (2.8 million) were able to secure their citizenship by December 31, 2018. 


With Canada’s target to invite about 110,000 new immigrants through Express Entry draws in 2021, now is a good time to contact CanApprove to determine your eligibility and plan for the best possible option to immigrate to Canada


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