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EXPRESS ENTRY DRAW #213: January 5, 2022

EXPRESS ENTRY DRAW #213: January 5, 2022

Canada invited 392 immigration candidates to apply for Permanent Residency in its first Express Entry draw of 2022 on January 5

Canada conducted its first Express Entry draw of 2022 on January 5.

A total of 392 Express Entry candidates, who previously obtained a nomination from an Express-entry aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), received Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian Permanent Residency in this draw.

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cutoff for this draw was 808. Express Entry candidates, who received a provincial nomination, automatically get 600 additional points toward their overall CRS score.  This is the reason that CRS cut-off score for PNP-specific draws is usually high.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied the tie-breaking rule and the time-stamp used was March 04, 2021 at 16:57:50 UTC. This means the PNP candidates who had a CRS score of 808 or more and had submitted their Express Entry profile before this time and date, received an ITA in this round of invitations.

Canada Express Entry System

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 (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FST) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

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.

Since September 2021, IRCC has only been holding PNP-specific draws as these candidates are highly likely to be in Canada already. Moreover, increasing backlog in applications is another major reason that IRCC is conducting only PNP-specific Express Entry draws.  The immigration department wants to cut Express Entry backlogs in at least half before resuming all-program Express Entry round of invitations.

In 2021, IRCC has invited more than 114,000 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency. Out of total ITAs issued, 14,778 have been rendered to PNP candidates while the remaining 99,654 ITAs went to CEC candidates.

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British Columbia invited 243 immigration candidates to apply for provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residency

The Canadian province of British Columbia invited a total of 243 immigration candidates to apply for provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residency in two immigration draws held on December 21, 2021.

Invitations were issued to candidates under the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams of British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

Distribution of invitations

In first draw, total 194 immigration candidates from SI and EEBC streams of BC PNP received invitations. The Minimum Score requirement for Express Entry – Skilled Worker candidates in this draw was 106.

Immigration CategoriesTotal invitations issuedSub-StreamsMinimum Score
The Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams194SI – Skilled Worker100
SI – International Graduate88
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled74
EEBC – Skilled Worker106
EEBC – International Graduate92

BC PNP also conducted a second separate draw targeting two in-demand occupations – Retail and Wholesale Trade Managers (NOC 0621) and Restaurant and Food Service Managers (NOC 0631). A total of 49 invitations were issued to these candidates with minimum provincial score requirement of 106.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) offers a fast-track pathway for high-demand skilled foreign workers to get a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residency and immigrate to British Columbia, Canada.

The Express Entry BC (EEBC) stream of BCPNP allows the province to search & invite qualified immigration candidates from the Federal Express Entry who have the qualifications, education and work experience.

The Skills Immigration (SI) Category of BCPNP is designed for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in British Columbia.

The province has now invited nearly 12,000 immigration candidates to apply for provincial nomination through various BC PNP streams so far this year.

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Alberta PNP Draw – November 9, 2021

200 Express Entry candidates with minimum CRS scores of 343 received invitations to apply for provincial nomination for Canada PR

The Canadian province of Alberta released details of its latest immigration draw held on November 9, 2021.

A total of 200 immigration candidates received invitations, also known as Notification of Interest (NOI) Letters to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian Permanent Residency in this draw.

Invites were issued to immigration candidates, who had Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of at least 343 in the Express Entry system.

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program’s (AINP) Express Entry Stream allows the province to search the federal Express Entry Pool for candidates who meet its specific eligibility requirements and invite them to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

Applicants need to meet the following assessment criteria to submit an application to the Alberta Express Entry Stream. The applicant must:

  • have an active Express Entry profile in the federal Express Entry pool
  • meet the criteria of at least one of the federal immigration programs: Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades Program or Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • intend to and be able to live and work in Alberta
  • be working in an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development and diversification
  • have a Comprehensive Ranking System score of at least 300

In addition, there are certain factors that can increase applicant’s chances of receiving invitation, like:

  • having a job offer and/or work experience in the province;
  • hold a degree from a Canadian post-secondary institution and a valid job offer; or
  • having a parent, child, or sibling who is a permanent resident or citizen in Alberta

Express Entry candidates who successfully receive a nomination from Alberta, obtain  an additional 600 points toward their CRS score, which effectively increase their chances to get an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in subsequent Express Entry draw.

AINP has now invited total 6,359 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination so far in 2021.  

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EXPRESS ENTRY DRAW #207: October 13, 2021

EXPRESS ENTRY DRAW #207: October 13, 2021

Canada invited 681 immigration candidates to apply for PR in the third consecutive PNP-Specific Express Entry Draw

Canada invited another 681 Express Entry candidates, who had previously received nominations under an Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), to apply for permanent residence in new Rounds of invitations conducted on October 13, 2021.

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement for this draw was 720.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied the tie-breaking rule and the time-stamp used was March 16, 2021 at 07:53:28 UTC. This means the PNP candidates who had a CRS score of 720 or more and had submitted their Express Entry profile before this time and date, received an invitation to apply (ITA) in this draw.

DRAW DETAILS:

  • Draw No: 207
  • Draw Date: October 13, 2021
  • Immigration Program: Provincial Nominee Program
  • Total ITAs issued: 681
  • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 720
  • Tie-breaking rule: March 16, 2021 at 07:53:28 UTC

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 (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FST) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

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 candidates, who obtain a nomination from an Express Entry-aligned PNP, automatically receive 600 points toward their overall CRS score, eventually enabling him/her receive an ITA quickly.

Canada has issued total 110, 377 ITAs to Express Entry Candidates under PNP and CEC streams so far this year.

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Canada invited 2,000 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on September 14

EXPRESS ENTRY DRAW #204: September 14, 2021

Canada invited 2,000 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence in first CEC-specific draw of September.

The invitations were issued to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of at least 462.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied the tie-breaking rule and the time-stamp used was September 11, 2021 at 10:55:43 UTC. This means the CEC candidates who had a CRS score of 462 or more, who had submitted their Express Entry profile before this time and date, received an invitation in this draw.

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.

Each candidate is awarded a core score under Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System based on factors that include age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French. This score determines their rank in the Express Entry pool.

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

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.

In order to be eligible to apply under CEC, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements. They must:

  • Have at least 12 months of full-time (or an equivalent in part-time) skilled, professional or technical work experience one or more occupations classified as skill type 0, A or B under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) in Canada within the last three years of making application;
  • Meet the required language proficiency level equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 7 if their job falls under NOC 0 or A or 5 if their job falls under NOC B; and
  • Plan on living and working outside the province of Quebec.

 IRCC has now invited a total of 108,414 PNP and CEC candidates to apply foe Canada PR through the Express Entry system so far in 2021.

 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!