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Posted on May 28 2021

Canada invites 500 immigrants-to-be with provincial nomination

By  Editor
Updated July 25 2023

Canada issued invitations to 500 Express Entry candidates on May 26, 2021. The candidates were given the opportunity to apply for a Canada PR visa.

The invited Express Entry candidates had a nomination from a PNP that they received from an earlier PNP draw. The minimum score required to be eligible was 713. The high score requirement came following the extra 600 CRS points gained by the candidates as a result of the provincial nomination. If the extra points are kept aside, candidates would have scored as low as 113 points.

In comparison to the PNP-only draw held previously, Canada invited 57 candidates less. The qualifying score required also reduced by 39 points.

IRCC implements a cut-off time to solve a tie-break. This rule is implemented even when there’s no need for it, as an administrative requirement. In the May 26 draw candidates with the minimum score were invited only if they submitted their Express Entry profiles before April 06, 2021, at 09:50:14 UTC.

Priority to candidates in Canada

Since the beginning of 2021, Canada has resorted to inviting only Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination or those with eligibility for the CEC. The reason being travel restrictions related to COVID-19 that don't allow permanent residents with approval to arrive in Canada from their countries. But the Canadian government is determined to admit a record number of fresh immigrants over the coming 3 years.

Canada is planning to bring in 108,500 new immigrants in 2021 itself, via Canada immigration programs managed by Express Entry. So far, 68,817 Express Entry candidates have received invites from IRCC to apply for Canada PR.

PNP-only and CEC-only immigration draws have very different requirements when it comes to the CRS score. The reason stems from the fact that PNP candidates have an extra CRS score of 600 points added to their score.

In the case of CEC candidates, the number of invitations sent is high. Also, they aren’t involved in any competition for invitations from other programs. The bigger the draw size the more candidates scoring high get to receive invitations. This leads to a lower cut-off score in CRS. The CRS requirement dropped to 397 in the previous CEC-only draw.

About Express Entry

The Express Entry is a system for application management that sorts and pushes candidate profiles during immigration draws on the basis of points. It handles the affairs of 3 federal high-skilled programs namely: CEC, FSTP, and FSWP. Certain PNPs also utilize the Express Entry system to explore skilled and deserving candidates who are willing to move to Canada, for which they want to receive a provincial nomination.

If you have eligibility for any of the Federal High Skilled programs, you will be granted a score on the basis of the CRS parameters. The CRS gives points to candidates based on education, skilled work experience, proficiency in the official language, age, and other factors.

IRCC conducts regular invitation rounds. The candidates who score the highest points will get an ITA for Canada PR. Immigration candidates can utilize this as an opportunity to get hold of a Canada PR visa.

After you file an application, an immigration officer from IRCC will take a decision after thorough scrutiny. If your application gets approved, the final step will be to complete the process of arriving in Canada and officially immigrate to the country.

If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate to Canada, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Company.

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PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident

CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

ITA – Invitation to Apply

IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program

FSTP – Federal Skill Trades Program

CEC – Canadian Experience Class


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