Canada conducted a round of invitations on September 15, 2021, for Express Entry candidates. In the Express Entry draw, invitations were issued to 521 immigration candidates. The candidates who received invitations were already holding a provincial nomination from a PNP draw held previously.
Since the candidates had a provincial nomination, they had received 600 extra CRS points. This was why the minimum score of the September 15 draw was set at 732 points. Without having this minimum point they wouldn’t have been eligible for an invitation.
The invited candidates were given 60 days to apply for Canada PR.
Canada immigration in 2021
Since the beginning of 2021, IRCC was keen on conducting Express Entry draws specific to PNP and CEC candidates. The September 15 draw was the 18th of such draws held in 2021. It was PNP-specific.
It’s well-known how the COVID-19 pandemic changed the immigration scene worldwide. But Canada focused on achieving its ambitious immigration targets. The country did it by finding more readily available candidates for immigration.
Among those were CEC candidates who were mostly already residing in Canada. They were immune to the hassles of relocating to Canada due to travel restrictions imposed to prevent the pandemic from spreading.
Comparing with 2020, in 2021, IRCC has set the number of ITAs issued at almost double! Also, typically lower cut-off scores were a distinct feature of CEC-specific draws. The reason was that the immigration draws were held around a particular group of applicants who are not under pressure to compete with any other candidates overseas.
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