Express Entry: 521 PNP-only Candidates with Lowest Qualifying Score 732 Invited for Canada PR

Express Entry Draw 205

Canada held yet another program-specific Express Entry draw targeting domestic temporary workers or skilled foreign workers with prior provincial nominations.

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The 18th PNP-only Express Entry draws in 2021 resulted in a total of 521 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian Permanent Residence (PR). Canada has been holding PNP-only Express Entry draws alongside CEC-only draws that target temporary skilled workers or recent international graduates with a minimum of one year of work experience in Canada.

In spite of federal elections scheduled for September 20 which could impact immigration policies for the next four years, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) went ahead with the 205th Express Entry nomination draws for Canada PR since 2015.

All the invited candidates in this draw have already demonstrated their connection to a province or territory and experience to succeed in the labour market by securing a provincial nomination. 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.

Decreased Draw Size 521 ITAs for permanent residence which is about 114 ITAs more than the previous PNP-only draws.
Lowest CRS Qualifying Score Invited candidates had a minimum CRS of 732 points which is 32 points lower than the previous qualifying score of 762 points.
Tie-break rule applied? IRCC applies the tie-break rule to avoid disputes in the rankings in case two or more candidates in the pool end up with the same CRS score.

Details on the tie-break rule for this draw was not released.

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. Express Entry candidates invited today now have 60 days to apply for permanent residence.

Upon completion, IRCC issues a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR). Applicants with COPR can now plan their travel to Canada.

Ajay is 34 and has been working as a Data Analyst for the last 10 years. He holds a Master’s degree and has scored 7.5 on IELTS for language proficiency. Even though he has never worked or studied in Canada, he entered the federal Express Entry pool and also submitted a profile to the Canadian province of Saskatchewan through the International Skilled Worker with a CRS score of 350. 

He received a provincial nomination from the Saskatchewan Express Entry stream which increased his CRS score to 950 which makes him eligible to receive ITA for Canada PR in this draw. 

Express Entry Draws in 2021 – crosses annual target of 108,500

The practice of holding alternate CEC-only & PNP-only nomination draws has yielded better results for Canada as it recorded over 108,935 invitations to apply for a permanent residency, surpassing its annual target of 108,500 ITAs.

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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