Express Entry: In historic Saturday draw, Canada invites 27,332 immigration candidates

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Express Entry In historic Saturday draw

Canada conducted a quirky Express Entry draw inviting thousands of candidates to apply for PR (permanent residence).

In this Express Entry draw, Canada invited 27,332 candidates. Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada invited the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) applicants, on 13th February. This Express Entry invitation round only needs applicants to have a CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score of at least 75. It is the minimum CRS requirement ever.

“This draw was nearly six times larger than the earlier EE (Express Entry) record of 5,000 ITAs (Invitations To Apply),” stated Attorney David Cohen, Senior Partner of Campbell Cohen.

“It shows that Canada is firm to attain its objective of inviting over 400,000 newcomers during the current year.”

Overall about 5,000 ITAs (Invitations to Apply) were issued in each of the four EE (Express Entry) draws that happened between November 18 and December 23 last year. The lowest CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) cut-off requirement ever was 199 points in the May 16, 2017 draw which invited only FSTP (Federal Skilled Trades Program) applicants. In January 2015, the Express Entry program was initiated.

Moreover, on Wednesday, Canada carried out an Express Entry draw inviting up to 654 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) applicants to apply for PR (permanent residence). It means over 27,986 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) are issued this week.

IRCC put into practice the playoff rule, meaning applicants who had the minimum score of 75 were only listed if they provided their Express Entry profile before September 12, 2020, at 15:31 UTC.

This draw demonstrates the commitment of IRCC to realizing its goal of 401,000 new immigrants in 2021. From that, IRCC (Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada) is intended to welcome 108,500 new arrivals through Express Entry-managed programs, based on its 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan. In the coming year, that goal rises to 110,500, and then to 113,750 in 2023. Canada has provided the largest share of new immigrant allocations to the Federal High Skilled programs for the next three years. The Federal High Skilled programs are handled by the Express Entry system. 

It means the Express Entry system will continue to be Canada’s key source of new immigrants for the anticipated future.

The immigration minister of Canada, Marco Mendicino, recently stated that IRCC will endeavor to accomplish the pushy immigration goals by transitioning more temporary residents to permanent residents while the COVID-19 pandemic.

This unparalleled draw appears to signify that IRCC is targeting to issue as many invitations as it can at the start of this year, thus it can conclude the landings of the permanent residence of successful Express Entry applicants later in 2021. This would give IRCC the best opportunity to reach its immigration levels target among ongoing coronavirus interruption around the world. Simultaneously, IRCC and Mendicino continue to emphasize that they will also consider global talent comprising those presently outside of Canada to assist the post-pandemic recovery of the country.

What is the Express Entry system of Canada?

Express Entry itself is not an immigration pathway, but an application management system for the following three programs under the Federal High Skilled category:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program
  3. Canadian Experience Class

To get into the Express Entry pool of applicants, skilled workers are required to ensure they are eligible for any of these programs. If so, they will obtain a CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score, which is based on their work experience, age, education, language ability in English or French, and some other factors. Applicants who receive a provincial nomination through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), for instance, obtain an extra 600 CRS points, which guarantees that they will get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in an Express Entry draw.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) retains these draws around every two weeks, inviting Express Entry applicants to apply for Canadian PR (permanent residence). In 2021, Canada has not yet conducted an all-program draw, which comprises applicants from the FSWP (Federal Skilled Worker Program). Instead, PNP and CEC applicants have been invited to certain program-specific draws.

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates have been selected by their relevant provinces or territories to fulfill the demands of their local labor markets, and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates are often already initiated in Canada. IRCC clarified in a separate press statement that around 90 percent of CEC applicants presently live in Canada.

 Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) organized these program-specific Express Entry draws for around three months after Canada’s first lockdown in March 2020. By September, until the end of the year, the department was back to maintaining all-program draws held every two weeks. It is most probable that IRCC will one more time hold all-program draws in 2021 during the coronavirus pandemic, as they have done previously. It noted in a press release that “IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) will continue to receive and process the applications of the Express Entry and sincerely hoped to welcoming experienced workers from overseas when travel reopens.”

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