On February 10, 2021, Canada held an Express Entry draw in which 654 Express Entry candidates were sent ITAs to apply for Canada PR. The minimum score prescribed by IRCC for these candidates was 720.
In this draw, only those candidates who received a provincial nomination via PNP draw were invited. These candidates had 600 additional CRS points which set their CRS cut-off high for this draw.
The CRS minimum score set in this draw was 21 points lower than what it was in the PNP-specific invitation round that was conducted on January 20, 2021. The Express Entry system, which manages 3 federal immigration programs namely CEC, FSTP, and FSWP determines the ranking of the profiles submitted with the system. This is done by taking into account factors like age, work experience, education, and proficiency in the English or French language.
The CRS points are awarded to an individual or a couple. These candidates are not required to have any experience of doing work in Canada or need a job offered in Canada. Nevertheless, a job offer could fetch them some extra points.
The candidates who have received their ITAs in this draw can file a complete application for a Canada PR visa. If the application is accepted, the candidate will proceed to settle in Canada. Then they will apply for a PR Card.
This draw applied the tie-breaker rule taking August 14, 2020, at 6:51:00 UTC as the timestamp. This means that whoever got 720 points or more and had submitted their profile before the date and time in the timestamp got ITAs.
In 2021, Canada is expected to invite 401,000 new immigrants. 108,500 immigrants of the total number will come through an immigration program managed by the Express Entry system.
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ITA – Invitation to Apply
PNP – Provincial Nominee Program
CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System
PR – Permanent Residence
CEC – Canadian Experience Class
FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program
FSTP – Federal Skilled Trades Program