Express Entry: Canada invites 613 PNP candidates

Express Entry CEC Draw Canada
  • November 25, 2021

Canada invited 613 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on November 24.

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required to be eligible to be invited in this draw was 737 points.

All of the invited candidates had previously received nominations through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Since provincial nominees automatically get a 600-point award. Without the nomination, the lowest-scoring candidate would have had just 137 points.

The latest draw saw the tie-breaking rule implemented on June 22, 2021 at 4.19pm 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 is the sixth consecutive PNP-specific Express Entry draw held by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). IRCC invited 775 candidates with scores of at least 685 in the previous draw.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has now issued 112,653 ITAs in 2021, a record number. This was the 40th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2021 and 210th overall.

Canada’s border is currently open for fully vaccinated tourists and other essential travellers. As of January, 2022, it will only be open to people who are fully inoculated with a vaccine from an approved manufacturer.


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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