Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have returned to the phase where it held back-to-back Express Entry draws inviting a specific set of candidates to apply for Canada PR. Such candidates either had a prior provincial nomination or qualified for Canada Experience Class (CEC) program.
Soon after inviting nominees for a new PNP-specific draw, Canada opened another round of invitations on January 21 targeting candidates with prior work experience inside Canada.
Canada is expected to target over 110,000 new immigrants through the Express Entry Canada PR pathway. Further, any foreign skilled worker, business entrepreneur even without work experience inside Canada may qualify for permanent residence and eventually citizenship in a quick time.
Quick Highlights of January 21 Express Entry Draw
IRCC invited only CEC-candidates contrary to the regular all-program draw that typically includes candidates qualifying under either the Federal Skills Worker Program (FSWP) or the Federal Skills Trades Program (FSTP) or those with a prior provincial nomination, apart from Canada Experience Class (CEC).
January 21 Express Entry draw included:
1.Nomination Draw Size: Unlike the recent PNP-specific draw where only 374 candidates were invited, the CEC-specific draw usually invites a large number of candidates. IRCC posted an exuberant draw size of 4,626 invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canada PR in this draw. However, it was slightly less than the previous CEC-specific draw.
Any foreign skilled workers, preferably graduating in Canada, and with at least one year of work experience inside Canada may qualify for a 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 21 draw selected candidates having a minimum CRS score of 454 which is slightly lower than the previous CEC-specific draw held on January 7.
Usually, IRCC applies a tie-break rule to avoid confusion in the rankings due to the same CRS score of two or more candidates. No such rule was applied in this draw.
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 10000 ITAs already been issued for Canada PR in January 2021, now is a good time to consult your immigration agency and determine your eligibility for Canadian immigration.