IRCC is Canada’s federal immigration authority. Every year, IRCC admits 300,000 immigrants to Canada. These immigration candidates mainly come under the economic class and family reunification class.

Professionals and skilled workers are welcomed in Canada where they are given the opportunity to settle down economically. The main factors employed in deciding their eligibility for immigration are work experience in a high-demand job, suitable education, and proficiency in Canada’s official languages.

The path to Canada PR

The Express Entry Program
  • Candidates who meet the basic criteria as to the factors listed above will be allowed to submit an online profile with the Express Entry System.
  • The Express Entry system is the most popular pathway for immigration candidates to reach go for Canada PR (Permanent Residency). The profile made by eligible candidates gets added to the Express Entry pool. This practice of creating and submitting profiles comprise EOIs (Expression of Interest).
  • The 3 economic immigration streams are
    • CEC (Canadian Experience Class)
    • FSWP (Federal Skilled Workers Program)
    • FSTP (Federal Skilled Trades Program)
  • Another pathway open for immigration candidates is the PNP (Provincial Nominee Program). Canadian provinces could look for skilled candidates in the Express Entry pool too.
  • The candidates with their Express Entry profiles are ranked and given scores by CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System). Candidates selected by provinces from the Express Entry pool are granted 600 CRS points added to their basic CRS score.
  • The higher the CRS score, the greater the chance the candidates have to get invited to immigrate to Canada through federal immigration draws conducted by Canada to grant Canada PR.
  • Unlike other Canadian provinces, Quebec has its own system of managing immigration programs. The Quebec Experience Class and Quebec Skilled Worker are 2 immigration programs Quebec has.
  • Certain Canadian immigration programs are also aimed at business people and investors. These include:
    • QIIP (Quebec Immigrant Investor Program)
    • Quebec Self-Employed
    • The Federal Start-Up Visa program
    • Quebec Entrepreneur program
    • The Federal IIVC (Immigrant Investor Venture Capital) Program
The Provincial Nominee Program
  • PNP is a program with a 2-step process. It’s a pathway designed for immigration candidates, who have low CRS scores. The following are the steps for immigration candidates:
    • First, the applicants are selected or nominated by a Canadian province if they meet the requirements of the program.
    • On the basis of the nomination or selection, immigration candidates may apply for Canada PR to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
  • Business immigrants may buy an existing Canadian business or start a new one in the country or its province. They arrive in Canada on a work visa which is temporary. In time, they become eligible to apply for Canada PR.
The Family Class

The Family Reunification Class visa is aimed at promoting the reunion of Canada PR visa holders or Canadian citizens with overseas family members. The eligible individuals among relatives can visit Canada via Canadian sponsorship programs. The relatives in the candidate’s family could include any of these:

  • a common-law partner, a conjugal partner aged 18 years or more, or a spouse
  • a parent or grandparent
  • a dependent child under 22 years of age an unmarried
  • an orphaned sibling, niece, nephew, or grandchild, unmarried and under 18 years of age; or any other relative where the sponsor has none of the above relatives or family members, in Canada or abroad.

IRCC has also introduced the Parents and Grandparents Super visa. It’s a multi-entry visa with 10-year validity. The holder of this visa can be in Canada for a period of not more than 2 years without going out of the country.

How many points are required for Canada PR?

If you are an overseas skilled worker, you must opt for the FSW – Federal Skilled Worker stream to apply for Canada PR. You must score at least 67 points for the FSW stream. This is based on your French/English language proficiency, work experience, education, and age for creating a profile. You will enter the pool of candidates in the Express Entry system if selected.

How many IELTS bands are required for Canada PR?

The minimum IELTS bands requirement for an applicant of Canada PR is as follows:

  • Express Entry: 6 bands in the individual module – Speaking, Writing, Reading, and Listening
  • Provincial Nominee Program: 6 bands in the individual module – Speaking, Writing, Reading, and Listening
  • Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (Stream Occupation in-demand): 4.5 bands in the individual module – Speaking, Writing, Reading, and Listening
  • Quebec: CLB 5 (Speaking 5 bands, Writing 5 bands, Reading 4 bands, and Listening 5 bands)
What IELTS bands are required for applying for Canada PR?

Canada has 3 economic immigration programs under Express Entry. These are the pathways for skilled overseas workers to obtain the Canada PR. The IELTS bands required for applying for Canada PR through the 3 economic immigration programs are:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program:

The language test results must be better than or on par with CLB 7 (Canadian Language Benchmark) to apply through this program. CLB 7 corresponds to IELTS bands score of 6 for Speaking, Writing, Reading, and Listening.

  • Canada Experience Class Program:

The minimum IELTS bands requirement for applying through this program is bands score of 6 if the occupation is in NOC A or 0. It is possible to apply with IELTS bands score of 5 for Speaking, Writing, Listening and 4 Reading if the occupation is in NOC B skill level.

  • Federal Skilled Trades Program:

The language test results must be on par with CLB 4 (Canadian Language Benchmark) to apply through this program. CLB 4 corresponds to IELTS bands score of 4 for Speaking, Writing, 4.5 in Listening and 3.5 in Reading.

Nevertheless, the better your test results, the more the number of points you can score. This will also enhance your chances of immigrating through Canada PR Visa.

How can I get the Canada PR Visa?

The process to obtain the Canada PR Visa can be initiated individually by the interested applicants. However, given the elaborate documentation and process compliance required, it is highly advisable that you avail services of reputed Immigration and Visa Consultants to initiate the process.

At the basic level, the application for Canada PR Visa requires the applicant to:

  • Provide criminal record check and medical certificate
  • Fill and submit a complete application for PR Visa
  • Pay the specified Visa fee
  • Attend an interview with the Immigration Officers

Apart from this, the following may or may not be needed based on the category and nature of your application:

  • Official translations, copies, and Original documents that support the application. This includes Educational Certificates, Diplomas, and Degrees, Documents for Personal Identification or and Sponsor Letters, and appropriate information.
  • Adequate funds to support oneself during the initial period in Canada
  • Test results for Skills Assessment
  • Evidence of status as a Refugee
  • Test results for Language proficiency
  • Additional fees
  • Other tests or documentation
What is the Canada Super Visa?

This is a Multiple-entry long-term Canada Visa for grandparents and parents of a Canadian citizen or PR Visa holder. The PGP Super Visa is a provisional Resident Permit. It permits grandparents and parents to remain in Canada for a maximum of 2 years per visit. The validity of this Visa is a maximum of 10 years.

A normal Multiple-entry Visa also has a maximum validity of 10 years. But it permits a stay of only 180 days per visit.

Can a Canadian citizen sponsor a non-family member?

No, a citizen of Canada cannot sponsor an individual who is not a member of the family. This is if the individual is not a relative or member of the family class.

Kinds of Canada PR

Kinds of Canada PR

Steps to apply for Canada PR

Apply for Canada PR

What is the period of validity of the Canada PR visa?

Canada PR visa is valid for five years  

  • PR visa holders should be aware of the expiration date of their PR visa.  

  • They will have to submit their renewal application six months before their PR visa expires. 

List of Draws till now in 2021

Express Entry Draws in 2021

 Total draws so far: 20

ITAs issued so far: 68,817

Draw No. Invited Date of Draw CRS cut-off ITAs issued Tie-breaking rule applied For details
#171 PNP January 6, 2021 CRS 813 250 November 2, 2020 at 11:11:52 UTC Canada holds first Express Entry draw of 2021
#172 CEC January 7, 2021 CRS 461 4,750 September 12, 2020 at 20:46:32 UTC Express Entry: 4,750 invited with Canadian experience
#173 PNP January 20, 2021 CRS 741 374 September 5, 2020 at 19:39:04 UTC Express Entry: 374 invited with a PNP nomination
#174 CEC January 21, 2021 CRS 454 4,626 July 23, 2020 at 17:32:00 UTC Canada holds second Express Entry draw within 2 days
#175 PNP February 10, 2021 CRS 720 654 August 14, 2020 at 06:51:00 UTC Express Entry: 654 PNP candidates invited in the latest draw
#176 CEC February 13, 2021 CRS 75 27,332 September 12, 2020 at 15:31:40 UTC Express Entry: A historic 27,332 invited in a single draw
#177 PNP March 08, 2021 CRS 739 671 February 16, 2021 at 19:10:25 UTC Canada invites 671 PNP candidates in latest EE draw
#178 PNP March 17, 2021 CRS 682 183 March 04, 2021 at 16:56:20 UTC

Express Entry: 183 ITAs issued in latest draw by IRCC

#179 CEC March 18, 2021 CRS 449 5,000 February 19, 2021 at 15:59:57 UTC Express Entry: Another draw held in 2 days, CEC invited
#180 PNP March 31, 2021 CRS 778 284 March 16, 2021 at 16:09:32 UTC Express Entry: 284 PNP candidates invited in 4th draw of March
#181 CEC April 1, 2021 CRS 432 5,000 February 16, 2021 at 09:51:22 UTC Express Entry: 5,000 CEC candidates invited in first draw of April
#182 PNP April 14, 2021 CRS 753 266 March 01, 2021 at 15:22:18 UTC Express Entry: Second draw of April 2021 invites 266
#183 CEC April 16, 2021 CRS 417 6,000 March 01, 2021 at 19:53:46 UTC

Express Entry: 6,000 receive ITAs by IRCC in latest draw

#184 PNP April 28, 2021 CRS 717 381 March 16, 2021 at 21:20:50 UTC Express Entry: latest federal draw invites 381 PNP nominees
#185 CEC April 29, 2021 CRS 400 6,000 April 24, 2021 at 15:24:49 UTC

Express Entry: CEC-specific draw invites 6,000

#186 PNP May 12, 2021 CRS 752 557 April 29, 2021 at 10:18:12 UTC Express Entry: 557 invited with provincial nominations under the PNP
#187 CEC May 13, 2021 CRS 401 4,147 April 29, 2021 at 11:48:14 UTC

Express Entry: Latest federal draw has a CRS 401 requirement

#188 CEC May 20, 2021 CRS 397 1,842 April 24, 2021 at 12:09:24 UTC

Express Entry: Latest draw has the second-lowest CRS requirement of 2021

#189 PNP May 26, 2021 CRS 731 500 April 06, 2021 at 09:50:14 UTC Express Entry: Latest Draw has 500 PNP Nominees Invited
#190 CEC May 31, 2021 CRS 380 5,956 May 31, 2021 at 13:19:23 UTC

Express Entry: IRCC issues 5,956 ITAs in the fifth draw of May 2021

Latest PNP Canada updates

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are a key part of Canada’s immigration policy, with more than 200,000 people expected to obtain Canadian permanent residence through a Provincial Nominee Program between 2020 and 2022.

Provincial Nominee Programs are the fastest-growing economic Canadian immigration pathway. Over recent years, the federal government has gradually increased provinces’ annual allocations for their respective PNPs, showing the increasing importance of these programs within the overall Canadian immigration landscape.

April 2021 updates of Canada’s PNP program

Date of Draw  


Invitations Issued   

April 27, 2021 

British Columbia  


April 26, 2021 



April 22, 2021 



April 20, 2021 

British Columbia 


April 20, 2021 



April 19, 2021 



April 15, 2021 

Prince Edward Island 


April 13, 2021 

British Columbia  


April 13, 2021 



April 8, 2021 



April 8, 2021 



April 6, 2021 

British Columbia  


April 6, 2021 



March 2021 updates of Canada’s PNP program

Date of Draw 


Invitations Issued  

March 30, 2021 

British Columbia  


March 26, 2021 



March 25, 2021 



March 24, 2021 



March 18, 2021 

Prince Edward Island [PEI] 


March 11, 2021 



March 11, 2021 



March 16, 2021 

British Columbia  


March 3, 2021  



March 3, 2021  



March 2, 2021  

British Columbia  


March 2, 2021  



February 2021 updates of Canada’s PNP program

Date Province Update
18-Feb-21 Prince Edward Island 121
16-Feb-21 British Columbia 494
16-Feb-21 Ontario  1,186
12-Feb-21 Manitoba  296
11-Feb-21 Saskatchewan  541
10-Feb-21 Alberta  200
9-Feb-21 British Columbia 74
2-Feb-21 Ontario  283
2-Feb-21 British Columbia 216

January 2021 updates of Canada’s PNP program

Date Province Update
21-Jan-21 Saskatchewan  502
19-Jan-21 British Columbia 195 
19-Jan-21 Alberta  50 
14-Jan-21 Manitoba  272 
13-Jan-21 Ontario  146
12-Jan-21 British Columbia 80 
07-Jan-21 Saskatchewan 385 
05-Jan-21 British Columbia 168 

December updates of Canada’s PNP program

Date Province Update
30-Dec-20 Manitoba PNP 188 candidates invited
29-Dec-20 British Columbia 58 candidates invited
22-Dec-20 British Columbia 230 candidates invited
22-Dec-20 Quebec 233 candidates invited
17-Dec-20 Saskatchewan 576 candidates invited
17-Dec-20 PEI PNP 195 candidates invited
17-Dec-20 Manitoba 419 candidates invited
15-Dec-20 British Columbia 92 candidates invited
15-Dec-20 Ontario 668 candidates invited
08-Dec-20 British Columbia 256 candidates invited
01-Dec-20 Saskatchewan 564 candidates invited
01-Dec-20 British Columbia 68 candidates invited
01-Dec-20 Nova Scotia Valid job offer

November updates of Canada’s PNP program

Date Province Update
24-Nov-20 British Columbia 360 Candidates Invited
19-Nov-20 Saskatchewan 214 Candidates Invited
19-Nov-20 Manitoba 196 Candidates Invited
19-Nov-20 PEI 214 Candidates Invited
12-Nov-20 Ontario 443 Candidates Invited
10-Nov-20 British Columbia 356 Candidates Invited
05-Nov-20 Manitoba 205 Candidates Invited
04-Nov-20 Ontario 516 Candidates Invited
03-Nov-20 British Columbia 76 Candidates Invited
03-Nov-20 Saskatchewan 272 Candidates Invited

October updates of Canada’s PNP program

Date Province Update
27-Oct-20 Saskatchewan 618 Invitations
27-Oct-20 British Columbia Invited 354 Candidates
27-Oct-20 Alberta Launched A New Pnp Stream
26-Oct-20 Ontario 21 Invitations
22-Oct-20 Nova Scotia Apply Through The Labor Market Priorities Stream.
22-Oct-20 Manitoba Invited 206 Candidates
21-Oct-20 Ontario Opened The Employer Job Offer
20-Oct-20 British Columbia Invited 80 Candidates
20-Oct-20 Ontario Accepting Applications To The Employer Job Offer
15-Oct-20 PEI Invited 184 Candidates
15-Oct-20 Ontario Invited 772 Candidates
13-Oct-20 British Columbia Invited 417 Candidates
8-Oct-20 Manitoba Invited 192 Candidates
6-Oct-20 British Columbia Invited 72 Candidates
1-Oct-20 Quebec Invited 365

August updates of Canada’s PNP program

Date Province Update
25-Aug-20 PEI Invited 293 candidates
25-Aug-20 British Columbia invited 72 candidates
19-Aug-20 Ontario Opened the Employer Job Offer
18-Aug-20 British Columbia Invited 302 candidates
14-Aug-20 Saskatchewan Invited 533 candidates
13-Aug-20 Manitoba Invited 199 candidates
11-Aug-20 British Columbia Invited 52 candidates
07-Aug-20 British Columbia Invited 437 candidates
07-Aug-20 British Columbia Increased application fees

July updates of Canada’s PNP program

Date Province Update
30-Jul-20 Manitoba Invited 199 candidates
29-Jul-20 Saskatchewan Issued 502 invitations
29-Jul-20 Ontario Issued 1,288 Notifications
28-Jul-20 British Columbia Invited 34 candidates
21-Jul-20 British Columbia Invited 62 candidates
21-Jul-20 Ontario Opened and then closed the Employer Job Offer
20-Jul-20 Ontario Announced Employer Job Offer
16-Jul-20 PEI 195 invitations were issued
16-Jul-20 Manitoba Invited 174 candidates
15-Jul-20 Quebec Invited 7 candidates

*Please note that Quebec does not operate a Provincial Nominee Program, but instead manages its own provincial immigration program.

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