On May 12, 2021, Canada issued invites to 557 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canada PR.
The candidates involved required a minimum score of 752 to be eligible to get an ITA. They also required to have already received a nomination from a Canada PNP. With a provincial nomination received via a PNP linked to Express Entry, they get 600 CRS points added to their base score. This explains why the score required was high. Sans the nomination, the candidate who scored the lowest would have had a score of 152 points.
IRCC publishes a cut-off time to apply the tie-break rule which is an administrative requirement. The tie-break rule can be applied even if there was no actual tie happening.
In the May 12 draw, candidates with the minimum score were invited only in case their Express Entry profiles were submitted before April 29, 2021, at 10:18:12 UTC.
How Express Entry fares in 2021
Since 2021 began, Canada has restricted invitations sent to Express Entry candidates via PNP. This has led to invitations received only by candidates under the CEC stream.
The main reason for this is that those who are already approved on their Canada PR applications won’t be able to travel to Canada owing to COVID-19 travel restrictions. The Canadian government is also aiming to welcome immigrants in record-breaking numbers over the next 3 years.
This year alone, Canada is prepared to welcome 108,500 new immigrants via immigration programs managed by the Express Entry system. Till now IRCC has sent invites to 62,328 Express Entry candidates. They are invited to apply to become a permanent resident Canada accepts.
CEC-only and PNP-only draws have very different requirements for CRS scores. This is due to the fact that PNP candidates have 600 points awarded to them which is added to their base score. A large number of CEC candidates are invited and they aren’t facing competition from other programs for invitations. Hence, IRCC can invite more candidates with low CRS scores.
About Express Entry
The Express Entry system is tasked with managing the applications for high-skilled immigration programs on the federal level. These include CEC, FSWP, and FSTP. Few PNPs use the Express Entry system to invite immigration candidates to file applications for a provincial nomination Canada offers.
If you have eligibility for Express Entry and have your profile submitted to the Express Entry pool, you will be given a score based on the CRS. The CRS gives you points on the basis of your education, skilled work experience, official language skills, age, and more.
IRCC sends invites to the candidates who score the highest to apply for Canada permanent residence via Express Entry draws held regularly. After you submit your application, an IRCC immigration officer will decide on approving your application. If your application is approved, the final step will be to complete the landing process. Then you will become a Canadian permanent resident officially.
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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