Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) continue to hold back-to-back program-specific Express Entry nomination draw on August 19, even as Canada enters its next phase of border relaxations.
The practice of holding alternate CEC-only & PNP-only nomination draws has yielded better results for Canada as it recorded over 100,000 invitations to apply for a permanent residency last year, despite the pandemic. It is even more interesting to note that IRCC is already close to achieving its annual target of 108,000 Canada PR invitations through Express Entry in 2021 only by holding alternate draws.
While the last time, IRCC managed to invite 463 PNP-only candidates, the August 19 draw invited a new batch of candidates from the federal pool with prior work experience inside Canada to apply for permanent residency (PR).
August 19 Express Entry is historic for the fact that this is the 202nd draw since the Express Entry system was launched in 2015 to manage three federal immigration programs for Canada PR: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skills Trades Program (FSTP).
Overview of latest CEC-only Express Entry Draws
- Draw Size Shrinks: Canada maintained a lower draw size of 3,000 candidates, unlike the previous CEC-only draw. However, earlier CEC-only Express Entry draws in 2021 have invited up to 6,000 candidates to apply for permanent residency in a single draw.
All the invited candidates have already demonstrated their work experience of at least one year inside Canada. International students, temporary skilled workers are known to be the largest beneficiary under the CEC program.
- Decreased 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.
August 19 draw selected candidates having a minimum CRS score of 403 which is known to be the second-lowest qualifying score in the history of Express Entry draws since 2015.
Previously, Express Entry qualifying CRS fell down to mere 75 points and opened up invitations for nearly 27332 CEC-only candidates to apply for Canada PR.
- 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 357 and only if they submitted their Express Entry profile before August 01, 2021, at 10:13:57 UTC.
|Suriya is in her early-30s and holds a master’s degree. She has Canadian work experience of just over one year as a Data Analyst. Her overall work experience is about 6 years. She scored well in English proficiency. On entering the Express Entry pool, she obtained a score of 456 which is sufficiently higher to qualify for Canada PR in this draw.|
Why Program-specific Express Entry Draws?
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, IRCC has already issued over 105,779 ITAs for Canada PR.