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374 PNP candidates received ITAs for Canadian permanent residency in new Express Entry Draw

Express Entry draw #173: January 20, 2021

Canada continues to conduct program-specific Express Entry round of invitations.

Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 374 candidates who previously received a nomination from an Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) to apply for Canadian permanent residency in its third Express Entry draw of the year on January 20.

The draw had a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) threshold of 741 – a significant reduction as compared with the last PNP-specific draw that took place on January 6 and had the cut-off of 813.

The IRCC applied a tie break in this draw and the time stamp used was September 5, 2020 at 19:39:04 UTC. That means all PNP candidates with a CRS score of and above 741 who had submitted their profiles in the Express Entry pool before this date & time, received Invitations To apply (ITAs) 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.

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is the second most popular Canadian immigration program after Express Entry. Most of Canada’s provinces and territories have their own PNP streams (aligned with Federal Express Entry System and not aligned with Express Entry) that allow them to welcome foreign skilled professionals/workers who can help address their local labour market needs.

Candidates, who meet the selection criteria of an Express Entry-aligned PNP stream and successfully receive a provincial nomination invitation, can obtain additional 600 points toward their CRS Scores. This effectively guarantees them an ITA in subsequent Express Entry Draw.

Canada held its first two program-specific Express Entry draws of 2021 on January 6 and January 7.  However, in coming weeks IRCC can conduct all-program round of invitations to enable FSWP and FSTP candidates to also obtain ITAs for permanent residency.

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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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British Columbia invited 92 foreign tech workers and international students to apply for a provincial nomination

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) invited 92 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian Permanent residency in new Tech Pilot draw that took place on December 15.

Invitations were issued to foreign tech workers and international students through the following four immigration sub-categories of the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration (SI) streams:

  • SI – Skilled Worker
  • SI – International Graduate
  • EEBC – Skilled Worker
  • EEBC – International Graduate

Candidates selected in this draw across all categories needed a minimum provincial score of 80.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot Program offers a fast-track pathway to permanent residence for certain foreign tech workers who have job offers in one of 29 eligible occupations in British Columbia. The job offer must be valid for a minimum of one year with at least 120 days remaining at the time of submitting the application.

The eligible candidates need to first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). They must choose to apply through the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC immigration categories.

The BC PNP will then invite candidates who fulfill the minimum score requirements to apply for a provincial nomination through regular weekly draws.

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.

The BCPNP has conducted total 27 tech-Pilot draws so far in 2020. Apart from tech-only draws, the province has also conducted invitation rounds for foreign workers and graduates in non-tech occupations every two weeks.

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Ontario Invited 668 Express Entry Candidates for Provincial Nomination in New Tech Draw on December 15

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) conducted its fifth Tech Draw of 2020 on Tuesday, December 15.

A total of 668 Express Entry candidates received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian Permanent residency in this draw.

In order to receive an invitation or Notification of Interest (NOI) in this draw, candidates were required to have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score between 460 and 468.

NOIs were issued to immigration candidates who had at least one year of work experience in one of the following tech occupations:

  • NOC 0213 Computer and information systems managers
  • NOC 2147 Computer engineers
  • NOC 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
  • NOC 2173 Software engineers and designers
  • NOC 2174 Computer programmer and interactive media developers
  • NOC 2175 Web designers and developers

Candidates, who wish to be considered for selection by the OINP through its Human Capital Priorities Stream or any of its Express Entry streams, are required to first submit a profile in the Express Entry pool.

The OINP regularly searches Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry pool to find eligible candidates who meet the criteria of one of Ontario’s Express Entry immigration streams and then invite them to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws.

Express Entry candidates, who successfully receive a provincial nomination, get 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.

Candidates, who received the NOI in this draw, now have 45 calendar days to submit their application for the provincial nomination to OINP.

Ontario has now issued total 9,082 invitations across its various immigration streams so far in 2020.

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British Columbia PNP draw invited 256 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued another 256 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian Permanent Residency to immigration candidates in a new draw held on December 8.

The invitations went to candidates through its five immigration subcategories of Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams

The minimum score requirements in this invitation round ranged between 77 and 97 points based on the immigration sub-category.

Breakdown of the Minimum Scores:

  • SI – Skilled Worker: 95
  • SI – International Graduate: 95
  • SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 77
  • EEBC – Skilled Worker: 97
  • EEBC – International Graduate: 97

The Express Entry BC (EEBC) Category is a popular stream of BCPNP that allows province to search & invite qualified candidates with a valid profile in the Federal Express Entry system – the most popular pathway for skilled immigrants to obtain Canadian permanent residence.

The Skills Immigration Category of BCPNP is designed for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in the province.

In order to receive an invitation for provincial nomination through the EEBC, candidates need to be registered under both the federal Express Entry system and B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) whereas Skills Immigration candidates only have to be registered with the SIRS.

All invited candidates under the Skills Immigration and Express Entry categories had an indeterminate, full-time job offer with an employer in B.C.

Candidates invited under the EEBC: Skilled Worker and EEBC: International Graduate categories 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.

Applicants, who received an invitation in this draw, now have to submit a complete application via the BC PNP Online Registration System within 30 calendar days from the date of invitation.

British Columbia has now invited around 9,000 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination so far in 2020 through its various PNP categories and streams.

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