On March 17, 2021, Canada invited 183 Express Entry immigration candidates to apply for Canada PR. The candidates IRCC invited were required to have a minimum score of 682. The reason for the high CRS score requirement is because the candidates have been already nominated provincially in an earlier PNP draw.
Express Entry candidates who are provincially nominated get 600 extra CRS points which tops up their original human capital score. So, the candidate who required a minimum score of 682 in this draw had an original CRS score of 82.
A tie-break was used in this draw with the timestamp of March 4, 2021, at 16:56:20 UTC applied. This means that candidates with the minimum CRS score requirement will be included only if they had submitted their Express Entry profiles before the timestamp specified. This is an administrative requirement published by the IRCC as part of the Canada immigration process even in the absence of a real score tie between immigration candidates.
After the PNP draw held on March 8, 2021, this draw was conducted as the second one in a row. The March 8 PNP had invited 671 immigration candidates. Such consecutive PNP draws held are a rarity with IRCC. The fact that it has happened this time shows that IRCC is working on its commitment to help Canadian territories and provinces to address the needs of their labor markets. IRCC is doing whatever it can in this regard during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2021, so far, Canada has sent 38,840 ITAs. It’s great to observe that this number is 3 times the number of ITAs issued at the same time in 2020. This is definitely the move made by Canada to meet its ambitious target of inviting 401,000 new candidates, each to become a new Canadian permanent resident. Canada has allocated the lion’s share of the slots available for Express Entry candidates.
Most of these invitations happened when IRCC issued 27,332 ITAs on February 13, 2021. It was a historic draw with the most ITAs issued ever and the least CRS requirement (75) ever. All the eligible candidates came from the CEC stream who were invited to apply for a Canada PR visa.
The working of Express Entry system
Canada’s Express Entry system deals with managing applications filed for 3 federal immigration programs namely FSTP, FSWP, and CEC. Individuals eligible for any of these programs will be given a score on the basis of a CRS. The scores are decided by considering the applicant’s age, education, work experience, and skill in the English or French language.
Applications can be filed as an individual or as a couple. There’s no need for a job offer in hand. Nevertheless, having a job offer improves the profile and ups the chances of getting selected.
Neither is there an obligation to have ever done work in Canada or have studied in Canada. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, it was observed that IRCC gave priority to candidates already living in the country. This was to avoid the difficulty in bringing in skilled workers from foreign lands as they would face travel restrictions to arrive in Canada.
Candidates who score the highest CRS points will get an ITA to apply for a Canada PR via regular Express Entry invitation rounds. Once IRCC scrutinizes an application and approves it, the immigration candidate can proceed to complete the process of landing in Canada. Then, they can apply for a PR card.
Once the individual becomes a Canada PR that person has the full opportunity to eventually apply for Canadian citizenship.
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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