An Express Entry draw was held on August 4, 2021, in Canada. It was held to invite 512 candidates who have already got provincial nominations through a previous PNP draw.
IRCC set the minimum CRS score required at 760. The high minimum score was a result of 600 extra points that the provincially nominated candidates received along with their nomination.
For this round of invitations, IRCC implemented a cut-off time to apply the tie-break rule. The tie-break rule is applied as an administrative requirement no matter whether it’s actually needed or not. The timestamp applied was March 5, 2021, at 22:38:31 UTC. Candidates with the minimum score were invited only in case they submitted their Express Entry profile before the date and time specified in the timestamp.
The reason for PNP-only draws
From the beginning of 2021, IRCC has been sticking to conducting Express Entry draws specific to PNP and CEC. By adopting this practice, IRCC resorted to admitting candidates who are already present in Canada.
However, not all PNP candidates are currently residing in Canada. But the case is different with CEC candidates. Much more numbers of CEC candidates are already in Canada and hence CEC-specific draws ensures that chosen candidates will be available to move to Canada sooner.
Canada immigration is set up as a shared jurisdiction. When immigrants are selected based on the labor market needs of local regions of Canada, they tend to succeed more surely. Considering the contribution of PNP and CEC candidates to regional labor markets, the outcomes have been observed to be much better than candidates who have no experience of being in Canada prior to becoming permanent residents.
The major advantage of adopting the PNP/CEC-only model of immigration is that the candidates won’t be affected by COVID-related travel restrictions. Canada has already opened its borders to immigration candidates who received Canada PR.
Besides, individuals who are invited today would possibly have months remaining before they get their COPR. It’s the final document required prior to becoming a Canada PR visa holder.
About Express Entry
Express Entry is a points-based application management system used by the federal government to manage applications for immigration. These applications are filed for 3 federal high-skilled immigration programs namely CEC, FSTP, and FSWP.
The applicants to Express Entry have their profiles added to a candidate pool that’s accessible to both federal and provincial governments. Every candidate profile is ranked by CRS with scores assigned. Factors like age, education, work experience, and skills in Canada’s official language are considered to decide the scores.
When provincial governments choose Express Entry candidates through PNP draws, they automatically add 600 extra points to their original CRS scores. This way, the candidates get a higher score that will increase their chances to get an ITA to the near surety in a forthcoming federal immigration draw.
The highest-scoring Express Entry candidates are invited by IRCC to apply for Canada PR when they take part in regular invitation rounds. Those who are invited can officially apply for Canada immigration.
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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
COPR – Confirmation of Permanent Residence