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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.

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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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