Canada held an Express Entry draw on August 4, 2021. In the draw, 512 immigration candidates were invited to apply for Canada PR. These candidates have already been provincially nominated through a PNP draw held previously.
The minimum CRS score required for this draw was 760. The 600 extra CRS points the candidates earned through provincial nomination raised the minimum score limit.
The mandatory administrative requirement of implementing a tie-break rule was practiced in this draw also. The timestamp set was March 5, 2021, at 22:38:31 UTC. So, only those candidates who created their Express Entry profiles before the date and time in the timestamp got invitations to apply for Canada PR in this draw.
The trend of PNP-only draws
The prevalent practice of conducting immigration draws participating only candidates via PNP and CEC draws started from the beginning of 2021. The aim was to give permanent residence to immigration candidates who are already residing in Canada.
Many PNP candidates are found already working or staying in Canada at the time of the immigration draw. Even more CEC candidates are seen to be present in Canada at the time of the draw. These candidates could be looking for Canada PR and willing to settle in a Canadian province. They are also immune from the travel restrictions and related delays that usually affect those outside Canada.
Besides, PNP and CEC candidates with Canadian experience prove to be more resourceful for employers in regional Canada who are looking for skilled foreign workers.
Lately, since Canada has opened its borders to immigration candidates with a Canada PR already given, PNP and CEC candidates get a better opportunity to enter Canada.
Also, those who got invited through this draw possibly have months to go before they will be issued their COPR. It’s the final document needed by immigration candidates to become permanent residents in Canada.
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