Canada invited 4750 CEC candidates to apply for permanent residency in January 7th Express Entry Draw

Express Entry draw #172: January 7, 2021

Canada conducted another Express Entry round of invitations on January 7, 2021.

A total of 4750 immigration candidates received invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence in this draw.

The draw, which was restricted to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program candidates only, had a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) threshold of 461.

It was the second invitation round held in two days. On January 6, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a total of 250 ITAs to immigration candidates who had received nominations from an Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNPs).

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.

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is an immigration category for foreign workers who have completed at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada within the last three years and who wish to become permanent residents.

It is an ideal route to Canadian permanent residency for temporary foreign workers including international students. Having obtained Canadian work experience, these individuals get a “head start” against other candidates in the Express Entry pool as it is a highly-valued factor under the CRS.

The IRCC applied a tie break in this draw and the time stamp used was September 12, 2020, at 20:46:32 UTC. That means all CEC candidates with a CRS score of and above 461 who had submitted their profiles before this date & time, received ITAs in this invitation round.

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Saskatchewan invited 385 immigration candidates to apply for provincial nomination in its first PNP draw of 2021 on January 7

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) kicked off the year by issuing total 385 invitations to immigration candidates on January 7.

The invitations to apply for provincial nomination were issued to candidates through SINP’s two immigration subcategories: Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand.

In order to be invited in this draw, candidates from both sub-categories needed an Expression of Interest (EOI) score of at least   71 points on the SINP’s Points Assessment Grid.

Distribution of invitations

Stream Total Invitation issued Minimum EOI score Requirement
Express Entry 148 71
Occupations In-Demand 237 71

Click here to see the complete list of occupation included in this draw.

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program, or SINP, allows the province to nominate qualified foreign workers who have the potential to thrive in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

It is also one of the easiest Provincial Nominee Programs to apply. While a minimum of one year of full-time work experience is essential to apply for both of its subcategories – Express Entry and Occupation in Demand, a job offer or work experience in Canada is not required.

In order to apply for a provincial nomination through either of these streams, candidates need to first register an EOI with the SINP.

Eligible EOIs are then awarded a score out of 100 based on the SINP’s International Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid, which allot them points based on their work experience, education, language ability, age, and connections to the province. High-scoring candidates are then invited to apply for provincial nomination through regular draws conducted by the SINP.

Express Entry candidates, who obtain a nomination through the SINP’s Express Entry sub-category, receive additional 600 points toward their CRS scores, effectively increasing their chances to get an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in subsequent Express Entry draw.

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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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