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First Express Entry Draw of 2021 invited 250 PNP Candidates to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency

Canada invited total 250 Express Entry candidates who have provincial nominations to apply for permanent residency in its first immigration draw of 2021 on January 6.

The invitations to apply (ITAs) have been issued to candidates who had a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 813.

Immigration candidates, who obtain nominations from an Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), automatically receive 600 points toward their overall CRS score.  This is the reason that CRS cut-off score for this invitation round was quite high as compared to previous draws.

The Express Entry system is Canada’s primary source of skilled foreign workers. It manages the profiles of candidates under three Federal High Skilled economic class immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.

Eligible candidates enter the Express Entry pool, where they are issued a CRS score based on their age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French, among other factors.

A set number of highest-ranked candidates are then invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the pool.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied the tie-breaking rule and the time-stamp used was November 2, 2020 at 11:11:52 UTC. This means the PNP candidates who had a CRS score of 813 or more, who had submitted their Express Entry profile before this time and date, received an invitation in this draw.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 remained a record-breaking year for Canada’s Express Entry system! The country issued highest-ever 107,350 invitations for permanent residence to immigration candidates. However, this number is going to be bigger since the country is all set to welcome over 1.2 million new immigrants in next three years as per its 2021-2023 Multiyear Immigration Plan.

Canada aims to welcome 401,000 new immigrants in 2021. Total 108,500 of these immigrants will come through an Express Entry-managed program.

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British Columbia invited 168 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in its first immigration draw of 2021

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) conducted its first immigration draw of 2021 on January 5.

Total 168 immigration candidates received invitations to apply for provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residency in this invitation round.

The invitations were issued through the five sub-categories of the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams.

Breakdown of the sub-categories and the minimum scores required in order to receive an invitation in this draw

Stream Minimum Score Requirement
Skills Immigration: Skilled Worker 95
Skills Immigration: International Graduate 95
Skills Immigration Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled 77
Express Entry BC: Skilled Worker 99
Express Entry BC: International Graduate 99

The Express Entry BC (EEBC) stream of BCPNP allows the province to search & invite qualified candidates who have the qualifications, education and work experience with a valid profile in the Federal Express Entry system whereas the Skills Immigration Category of BCPNP is designed for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in British Columbia.

In order to receive an invitation for provincial nomination under one of those two streams, candidates need to first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Invited Express Entry BC candidates, whose applications get approved by BCPNP will automatically receive an additional 600 CRS points toward their comprehensive ranking system (CRS) scores. This effectively guaranties them an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in subsequent Federal Express Entry Draw.

British Columbia holds regular immigration draws through its various BC PNP categories and streams.

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Manitoba invited 118 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in its last draw of 2020 on December 30

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) conducted its last immigration draw of the year on December 30.

Total 118 invitations, also known as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent Residency were issued to skilled workers and international graduates through three immigration streams of MPNP: Skilled Workers in Manitoba, International Education Stream, and Skilled Workers Overseas.

Distributions of Invitations

Stream Total LAAs issued Minimum EOI Score
Skilled Workers in Manitoba 157 461
Skilled Workers Overseas 13 718
International Education Stream 18 No EOI score requirement

Out of the 118 LAAs issued in this draw, 13 went to Express Entry candidates

Invitations have been issued to candidates who are working in a regulated occupation. However, applications of those candidates who are not actually working in a regulated occupation, or who do not provide proof of having completed all licensing steps to be employed in Manitoba, might get refused by the MPNP.

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) allows the province to nominate foreign workers and international graduates of its post-secondary institutions for Canadian permanent residence through three popular immigration pathways.

To apply under the Skilled Workers Overseas and Skilled Workers in Manitoba categories, applicants need to first file an Expression of Interest (EOI) with the MPNP.

These EOI profiles are scored on the Manitoba points’ grid out of a total score of 1,000. Candidates with the highest scores are invited to apply for provincial nomination for Canada permanent residence through regular draws conducted by the MPNP.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination get additional 600 points toward their overall Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which effectively guarantees them an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

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British Columbia invited 58 Tech candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence on December 29

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) conducted new Tech Pilot draw on December 29.

This draw invited 58 immigration candidates with a valid job offer in one of the Tech Pilot’s 29 eligible occupations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

The invitations were issued to candidates under the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories of Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories.

Selected candidates were required to have a minimum provincial score of 80 points in order to receive an invite in this draw.

Launched in 2017, the BC PNP Tech Pilot offers a fast-track immigration pathway to Canadian permanent residence for in-demand foreign tech workers and international students.

In order to apply through the Tech Pilot, immigration candidates are required to have a job offer in the province that must be at least one year (365 days) in duration in one of the pilot’s in-demand occupations. The job offer must have at least 120 days remaining at the time of submitting the application.

To apply for the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories, eligible candidates need to first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). This is a points-based system that ranks candidates a score based on various factors such as education, work experience, proficiency in English and the job offer they have received.

The BC PNP will then invites highest-scoring candidates in each Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC category candidates to apply for a provincial nomination through regular weekly draws.

Express Entry Candidates will automatically receive an additional 600 CRS points toward their comprehensive ranking system (CRS) scores, if their applications get approved by BCPNP. This effectively guaranties them an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in subsequent Federal Express Entry Draw.

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Canada invited 5000 immigration candidates to apply for permanent residency in new Express Entry Draw

EXPRESS ENTRY DRAW #170: December 23, 2020

Canada invited another 5000 immigration candidates to apply for permanent residency in a new Express Entry Draw held on December 23, 2020.

Candidates, who received an Invitation to apply (ITA) in this draw had a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 468.

The minimum Express Entry cutoff score requirement for this draw is a reduction of one point than the previous invitation round held on December 9, when candidates needed a minimum score of 469.

With this draw, Canada caps off the year with 107,350 ITAs issued to immigration candidates – a record high number of invitations issued since Express Entry’s launch in 2015.

The Express Entry system is Canada’s primary source of skilled foreign workers. It manages the profiles of candidates under three Federal High Skilled economic class immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.

Eligible candidates enter the Express Entry pool, where they are issued a CRS score based on their age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French, among other factors.

A set number of highest-ranked candidates are then invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the pool.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied the tie-breaking rule in this draw and the time-stamp used was June 4, 2020 at 13:39:44 UTC. This means the candidates who had a CRS score of 468 or more, who had submitted their Express Entry profile before this time and date, received an invitation in this draw.

Canada will target the highest level of immigration in its history over the coming three years. Over 100,000 of these immigrants will come each year through Canada’s popular Express Entry system with a further 80,000 approx. coming through Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

As of December 21, 2020, there were a total of 147,487 immigration candidates in the Express Entry pool. Majority of these candidates (47,897) have CRS scores between 351- 400, whereas a total of 25,187candidates have CRS scores between 451-500.

Express Entry candidates with low CRS scores can increase their points through a variety of options, which include:

  • Obtain a provincial nomination by applying through an Express-Entry aligned PNP, which award them additional 600 points toward their CRS scores.
  • Improve their language proficiency level
  • Secure a LMIA-approved job offer
  • Complete an additional level of education
  • Get more work experience (in Canada & outside)
  • Get Canadian Study experience
  • Get additional points for spouse

Know your chances to immigrate to Canada under Express Entry!!

To find out if you’re eligible to immigrate to Canada under Express Entry, simply complete our FREE ASSESSMENT FORM! A member of the WWICS team will review your eligibility and contact you to discuss your options!

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