The month of May 2021 ended in delight as the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held a major Express Entry draw.
Express Entry system that manages applications of such candidates who qualify for one of the three federal immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).
The 190th Express Entry draw held on May 31 targeted only those candidates in the federal pool with previous Canadian work experience, or Canadian Experience Class. A brief summary of the nomination draw is as below:
- Massive Draw Size: Canada showed a significant improvement over the last CEC-only draws and invited an exuberant 5,956 eligible candidates to apply for permanent residency. All the invited candidates have already demonstrated their work experience of at least one year inside Canada.
- Lowest 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 31 draw selected candidates having a minimum CRS score of 380 which is a significant drop of 17 points from the previous CEC-specific draw. Furthermore, the qualifying score of 380 is the second-lowest in 2021.
- 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. Details of no such tie-break rule were released by IRCC for this draw.
Express Entry in 2021
Canada continues to invite candidates living in Canada amid the coronavirus pandemic through regular Express Entry draws in 2021.
To be more specific, only program-specific draws linked to either Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) or Canada Experience Class (CEC) have been held so far. This has led to the exclusion of such candidates who qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP).
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. Their temporary exclusion may be largely due to the COVID-related travel restrictions internationally.
With Canada set to welcome nearly 108,500 new immigrants through Express Entry-managed programs in 2021 alone, candidates under FSWP should not lose any hope of receiving an ITA for Canada PR. So far, more than half, i.e. 74,773 candidates from the federal Express Entry pool have been already invited to apply for permanent residency.
Canada even continues to hold provincial nominee program draws as well that target foreign immigrants to apply for provincial nomination. Click here to get a quick review of nomination draws in the months of January, February, March, and April 2021.
You Could Be Next!
With this hypothetical example, you may assume your chances of qualifying Express Entry draws for permanent residency in Canada.
Seema is 31 years old and holds a bachelor’s degree from a certain University in Canada. By virtue of her graduation in Canada, she was employed in Canada as a Graphics Designer. She also has work experience of 4 years in her home country. Seema has an average score of 6 in each category of IELTS. On submitting her Express Entry profile earlier this month, she fetched a total of 433 CRS points. This proved to be more than even to clear the cut-off for receiving ITAs for PR in this 190th Express Entry draw.
In fact, all-program Express Entry draws also consider candidates with no work experience in Canada.
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