Express Entry: Third Largest PNP Draw in 2021 Held for Canada PR

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Canada held its fourth consecutive PNP-specific Express Entry draw targeting domestic temporary workers or skilled foreign workers with prior provincial nominations.

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The 21st PNP-only Express Entry draws in 2021 resulted in a total of 888 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian Permanent Residence (PR). 

Since the start of 2021, Canada has been inviting PNP-only Express Entry candidates alongside CEC-only candidates that target temporary skilled workers or recent international graduates with a minimum of one year of work experience in Canada.  

IRCC held the largest PNP-only Express Entry candidates on June 23, inviting 1,002 candidates and the second-largest with 940 invitations on June 9.

Increased Draw Size 888 ITAs for permanent residence which is about 80 ITAs less than the previous PNP-only draws
Lower CRS Qualifying Score Invited candidates had a minimum CRS of 744 points which is 24 points higher than the previous qualifying score of 720 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 were not released. 

All the invited candidates in the 208th Express Entry 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 candidate who seeks 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 consider human capital factors like age, education, work experience outside Canada, language proficiency in English/French, spouse adaptability, Canadian study experience, etc. 

Qualify for Canada PR with Provincial Nomination

Pavithra is a working health professional with more than 10 years of experience. She entered the Express Entry pool with a CRS score of 360 and also submitted a profile to the Canadian province of Manitoba. She has never worked or studied in Canada. 

Pavithra was soon invited for provincial nominations, raising her CRS score to 960. 

This is sufficient to receive ITA in this Express Entry 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. 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. 

Canada’s new immigration minister, Fraser will have an important task to restore and steer Canadian immigration to pre-pandemic levels. For instance, Express Entry draws are yet to consider candidates from the Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP) that were the leading recipients of Express Entry invitations before the pandemic. 

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