Express Entry: Canada’s 3rd draw of 2021

Posted by in CIC News, on January 21, 2021

IRCC issued invitations to 374 Express Entry applicant with CRS cut-off of 741.

Canada held its third Express Entry immigration draw of 2021 on January 20

IRCC invited 374 PNP candidates with a minimum score of 741. This cut-off score means that candidates only needed to obtain 141 CRS points for their human capital characteristics. The other 600 points they obtained were by getting a provincial nomination.  

Express Entry is the main way Canada welcomes skilled workers who want to obtain Canadian residency. Under the new immigration levels plan 2021-2023, Canada aims to welcome an average of 110,000 immigrants under Express Entry per year. IRCC uses Express Entry to manage skilled worker applications for the following three programs namely FSWP, FSTW & CEC. Entry is a two step process. In step one, candidates who are eligible under at least one of the three aforementioned skilled worker programs upload their profile onto IRCC’s website. They then get a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on their human capital such as their age, education, language skills, and work experience.

In step two, IRCC holds Express Entry draws usually every two weeks and issues (ITAs) for permanent residence to candidates with the highest CRS scores. If a candidate receives an ITA, they can go ahead and submit a permanent residence application to IRCC.

Candidates can receive an additional 600 CRS points if they receive an invitation through an Express Entry-aligned PNP. This effectively guarantees they will successfully receive an ITA for permanent residence.

The PNP is the second main way Canada welcomes skilled worker immigrants. Most of Canada’s provinces and territories operate their own immigrant selection systems through the PNP to welcome skilled newcomers who can help address their local labour market needs. Candidates who meet the selection criteria of an Express Entry-aligned PNP stream are eligible to obtain the additional 600 CRS points assuming they receive a provincial nomination invitation.

Express Entry had made a record in 2020 despite the coronavirus pandemic. Canada issued 108,350 ITAs last year and targets are set to increase over the coming years as Canada looks to welcome more immigrants to support its post-COVID economic recovery.

Canada held its first two Express Entry draws of 2021 on 6th January & 7th January. These were program-specific draws. The January 6 draw invited 250 PNP candidates while the January 7 draw invited 4,750 CEC candidates. IRCC held program-specific draws at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 with the rationale such candidates were more likely to be able to avoid COVID-related disruptions. However, Canada concluded 2020 with all-program draws which enabled FSWP and FSTP candidates to also obtain ITAs.

IRCC has issued 5,374 ITAs to date, more than the number it issued at the same time in 2020. The figure is poised to increase further with a CEC-only draw anticipated later this week.

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