The latest Express Entry draw held by Canada on June 9, 2021, invited 940 immigration candidates to apply for Canada PR. All the invited candidates had already got nominated provincially through a PNP.
The fact that they were already provincially nominated raised their cut-off score that stood relatively high at 711. That’s because those candidates with their Express Entry profiles got 600 extra CRS points added to their original score. If they weren’t nominated, the lowest-scoring candidate among them would have had just 111 points.
It’s an administrative requirement stipulated by the IRCC that a cut-off time must be stipulated to implement the tie-break rule. Actually, having a situation with a tie of scores wasn’t necessary for this.
In the June 9 draw, February 16, 2021, at 09:06:30 UTC was set as a tie-break timestamp. Candidates having the minimum score got invitations only if they had submitted their Express Entry profiles before the timestamp’s date and time.
In the previous draw that was a PNP-only type, Canada had invited 500 candidates. The minimum score requirement was 713 points. That means the June 9 draw almost doubled the number of invitations while it reduced the cut-off score by 2 points.
The ongoing effect of the pandemic on Express Entry draw
Ever since the year 2021 started, IRCC has stuck to holding every Express Entry draw that aims at candidates who are most possibly in Canada already. This is a strategy that has 2 intentions to serve.
One, it helps meet Canada immigration targets for 2021. Two, it avoids delays in the arrival of international candidates who can’t travel due to the travel restrictions and service closures triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canada has issued a landmark number of invitations on February 13, 2021, 27,332 to be exact. This elevated the number of invitations issued this year in comparison to 2020. About 87% of those candidates completed applications under 90 days, well within the timeline stipulated.
Till now, in 2021, Canada has sent 75,713 invitations.
There are many PNP and CEC candidates in Canada for the reason that they many a time need education or work experience from the province that nominates them. CEC candidates need to have a minimum work experience of 1 year in Canada.
PNP draws always tend to have a higher requirement for minimum score due to the granting of 600 CRS points. On the contrary, CEC draws tend to have score cut-offs that are lower. This is because of the large sizes of the draws in a relatively small candidate pool.
About Canadian permanent residence via Express Entry
Express Entry is tasked with managing the applications for the programs namely FSTP, CEC, and FSWP. The candidates with profiles in the Express Entry could be accessed by some of the PNPs that invite such candidates chosen from the Express Entry pool. These candidates thus get the chance to get placed at the top of the pool, thanks to the points awarded for provincial nomination.
Once candidates reach the pool, they can gain eligibility for one or more immigration programs managed by Express Entry. They will have a score assigned on the basis of what CRS decides. The score will be built with points for their education, work experience, age, language skills in English/French, and other factors. The score decides the probability of candidates getting selected. The selection will be a reward for their high probability of successfully functioning in Canada’s labor market.
The candidates who score the highest receive ITAs via Express Entry invitation rounds. The ITAs thus sent via each Express Entry draw can give them the opportunity to file an application to the federal government for a Canada PR visa. IRCC, the only authority to grant PR, will make the final decision on the application.
If a candidate’s application gets approved, he/she gets a COPR. The candidate can then use it for the completion of the process of arriving in Canada. After that, the candidate becomes a permanent resident Canada welcomes.
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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