Express Entry: Canada has held its first draw for 2022

Express Entry PNP Draw
  • January 6, 2022

The first Express Entry draw of the year on Jan 5 invited only PNP candidates to apply for permanent residence.

392 Express Entry Candidates were invited to this draw. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required to be eligible to be invited in this draw was 808 points. PNP candidates get an automatic 600 points added to their score when they receive their nomination, which is why the score seems high compared to other invitation rounds.

The latest draw saw the tie-breaking rule implemented on March 4, 2021 at 12.57pm EST. If more than one candidate had the minimum CRS score, only those who submitted their Express Entry profiles before this date and time received invitations.

This was the first round of invitations under Express Entry in 2021 and 213th overall.

 

What is Express Entry?

Canada’s most popular immigration programs use the online Express Entry system to manage applications. Express Entry is a system that the federal government uses to manage applications for Canada’s three main economic-class programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). In addition to that, the most provinces also have immigration streams that are aligned with the Express Entry system.

In the Express Entry system, candidates are ranked based on their CRS score that considers multiple factors including their age, work experience, education and proficiency in French or English. In some cases, the date and time at which the Express Entry profile was created is also a ranking factor.

Express 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 on IRCC’s website. They 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 approximately every two weeks and issues Invitations to Apply (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.

The PNP is another way for Skilled Worker immigrants to move to Canada and attain the permanent residence. Most provinces and territories operate their own system through PNP to welcome the immigrants as per their requirement.

 

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