The candidates who were invited were earlier nominated by a Canadian province through a PNP draw. By virtue of the 600 extra CRS scores, they got due to such nomination, the minimum score requirement for them in this draw was 734.
A tie-break rule was implemented by IRCC in this draw as an administrative requirement. The timestamp applied was April 11, 2021, at 10:56:32 UTC. Hence, candidates with the minimum score prescribed got invited only if they had submitted their Express Entry profiles before the date and time mentioned in the timestamp.
CEC stream and PNP draws
Ever since the pandemic started IRCC had stuck to conducting federal draws that are specific to CEC stream candidates. The reason for this has been that such candidates are currently in Canada and are not affected by the travel restrictions imposed by Canada due to COVID-19.
But Canada is currently is rolling back COVID-related measures and has re-opened its borders to US travelers who are fully vaccinated, arriving in the country for non-essential purposes.
In September 2021, the country will open its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from all countries.
Canada has a target of 401,000 new immigrants for the year 2021 as per the immigration levels plan. Close to a quarter of those allotted to migrate to Canada comes via the Express Entry system.
So far this year, Canada has invited 94,304 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canada PR. Most of this came from the federal immigration draw held on February 13, 2021, with 27,332 immigration candidates invited.
About Express Entry
Express Entry is Canada’s immigration application management system. It’s a points-based system that gives scores to candidate profiles in what’s called the Express Entry pool.
These candidates apply for Canada immigration for 3 federal high-skilled streams namely CEC, FSTP, and FSWP.
Canadian provinces are allowed to access the Express Entry pool to find suitable candidates who are capable of meeting the labor requirements of that province. The candidates that provinces select are given provincial nominations which will give them an advantage when participating in a federal draw.
Factors such as age, education, work experience, and language skills will determine the scores assigned to Express Entry candidates by CRS. With a provincial nomination, an additional 600 CRS points are granted to the Express Entry candidate.
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PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident
CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System
PNP – Provincial Nominee Program
IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program
FSTP – Federal Skill Trades Program
CEC – Canadian Experience Class