In the Oct 13 Express Entry draw, 681 candidates offered Canada PR

Canada invites 681 Express Entry candidates, offers Canada PR

Canada conducted an Express Entry draw on October 13, 2021, in which 681 invitations have been issued. These invitations have been issued to Express Entry candidates who already had received a provincial nomination via a PNP draw.

The candidates invited in the draw had a minimum CRS score of 720. The high minimum score was due to the 600 extra points that they received when they got a provincial nomination. So, in reality, they only had a minimum score of 120 CRS points.

Throughout 2021, IRCC has been conducting bi-weekly Express Entry draws in which only CEC and PNP candidates were issued invitations. The travel restrictions that were imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 had made it difficult for overseas immigration candidates to arrive in Canada. So, IRCC chose to take in CEC and PNP candidates who were already residing in Canada and were unaffected by border restrictions.

Moreover, these resident candidates had work experience in Canada already. But as the restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic starts to be lifted, overseas candidates coming through immigration programs like the FSWP will be invited more.

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 and nominate 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.

For a provincial nomination, these candidates need to create an EOI profile with the provincial PNP involved. The EOI profiles are given scores on the province’s unique points grid.

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

EOI – Expression of Interest

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

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