Canada held yet another program-specific Express Entry targeting more domestic temporary workers or skilled foreign workers with prior provincial nominations.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in its 17th PNP-specific Express Entry draw in 2021 invited 635 candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada. IRCC picked all the invitees from the federal pool who already had a provincial nomination.
All the invited candidates have already demonstrated their connection to a province or territory and experience to succeed in the labour 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.
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.
|OVERVIEW OF 203rd EXPRESS ENTRY DRAWS|
|Increased Draw Size||635 ITAs for permanent residence which is about 172 ITAs more than the previous PNP-only draws.|
|HIgher CRS Score||Invited candidates had a minimum CRS of 764 points which is 13 points higher than the previous qualifying score of 751 points.|
|Tie-break rule applied?||IRCC applies the tie-break rule to avoid disputes in the rankings in case of two or more candidates in the pool end up with the same CRS score.
Express Entry profile which had the minimum score and was submitted before April 12, 2021, at 12:21:45 UTC were only considered for this draw.
A provincial nomination is a certificate to immigrate to a certain Canadian province to fulfil its labour shortage demand. The invited candidates are required to reside in places as determined by the province, however, with a permanent residence visa, individuals can now reside anywhere in Canada as per their choice.
Many immigration aspirants are known to choose Canada because of its direct permanent residence pathway. A PR invitation through the provincial nomination route is not a direct pathway, however, can guarantee your permanent residency through the addition of 600 points towards their Express Entry profile CRS score.
Applicants are asked to submit their biometrics or attend an interview or submit more supporting documents after receiving an iTA for Canada PR. Upon completion, IRCC issues a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR).
Applicants with COPR can now plan their travel to Canada.
|Ansa Mathews is in her early 30s. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and has been working as a software developer for more than 10 years in her native country. She has a good IELTS score.
Without any study experience or work experience in Canada, she registered her profile in the Express Entry pool last year in November 2020.
Based on her credentials, Ansa got a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan. With this provincial nomination, her CRS score jumped above the minimum CRS required in this PNP-only Express Entry draws. She qualifies to receive Express Entry invites in this round of nominations.
Express Entry Draws in 2021 – double than 2020 levels
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.
Even in 2021, Canada has so far issued nearly 106, 414 ITAs for PR and is already close to achieving its annual target of 108,500 Canada PR invitations through Express Entry.
Canada regularly held fortnightly Express Entry draws in 2021, however, did not favour immigration aspirants who qualified under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) & the Federal Skills Trades Program (FSTP).
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 direct permanent residency based on their age, language proficiency, education, and relevant work experience abroad.
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