Canada issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence to 1,002 candidates who had a minimum CRS score of 742 points in the June 23 Express Entry draw. The draw targeted only candidates who have provincial nominations.
The June 23 Express Entry draw brought the number of ITAs issued in 2021 to 82,715. Canada is committed to a new plan to increase immigration to more than 400,000 newcomers a year in 2021 and up to 1.2 million by 2023. Canada believes that immigration will spur economic recovery after the coronavirus crisis.
The June 23 Express Entry draw is also a continuation of IRCC’s recent policy of inviting candidates who are already likely to be in Canada by targeting Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) candidates.
Earlier in the coronavirus crisis, IRCC switched to draws focused on PNP and CEC candidates, given that these candidates are more likely to already be in the country as temporary residents. The current travel restrictions prevent candidates who were approved overseas after March 18, 2020 from travelling to Canada to complete their permanent residency landing.
All invited candidates had previously received a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). As explained later in this article, this is why the score cut-off was relatively high at 742, because all PNP candidates in the Express Entry pool automatically get 600 points added to their score.
Canada PNPs and the Express Entry immigration system
Canadian provinces do not have the ability to give out permanent residency status, but they can help an application along by issuing provincial nominations to candidates who have registered a profile in the federal Express Entry immigration system.
Applying for a provincial nomination is not the same as applying for Canadian permanent residence. Rather a nomination effectively means the province is guaranteeing that the federal government will issue you an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in one of its Express Entry draws.
Express Entry is the application system that Canada uses to manage skilled worker applications. It is the most popular way to immigrate to Canada. You can receive a permanent residence invitation by applying through Express Entry directly and skipping the PNP process. However, having a provincial nomination effectively guarantees that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will invite you to apply for Canadian permanent residence in any of its Express Entry draws.
In order to enter the federal Express Entry pool, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile. You must meet the eligibility requirements for one of the three programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class. A job offer is not required to enter or be selected from the Express Entry pool although additional CRS points are awarded to those who already have a job.
How does PNP nomination help your Canada immigration application?
Candidates who receive a PNP nomination get an additional 600 points toward their federal Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The additional 600 CRS points virtually guarantee that the candidate will receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in an Express Entry draw. This is why candidates with lower CRS scores often seek a PNP nomination because the extra 600 points is more than enough to guarantee an invitation in any Express Entry draw.
The minimum score for an Express Entry PNP draw is typically in the mid 700s and up, compared to other Express Entry program scores which range in the high 400s. This is because PNP candidates automatically get 600 points just for receiving the provincial nomination. This means they need only score in the 100s for core human capital in order to be invited to apply for permanent residency.
How does the Express Entry immigration system work?
In order to enter the federal Express Entry pool, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile. You must meet the eligibility requirements for one of the three federal government economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class.
A job offer is not required to enter or be selected from the Express Entry pool although additional CRS points are awarded to those who already have a job.
Based on the information you entered in your federal Express Entry profile you will be given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and placed into a pool of other candidates ranked. Your CRS is a numerical value, out of a possible 1,200, determined by your core human capital. This is essentially your age, work experience, educational background, ability to adapt and language skills.
A limited number of candidates with the highest CRS points in the pool are issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence. IRCC issues ITAs through regular federal Express Entry draws which typically take place every two weeks.
Your 600 points from the provincial nomination gives you 50% of the maximum,1200 CRS points available in any draw. Virtually all nominated candidates find it easy to acquire the remaining points for a draw’s cut-off score from their core human capital.
IRCC will issue qualified candidates from the Express Entry pool an invitation to apply for permanent residence. After your application is approved and you complete the landing process, you will officially become a Canadian permanent resident.
Improve your CRS score
It is advised that you continue to improve your CRS scoring in a number of ways. See Tips for Improving Express Entry CRS Scores. Before the pandemic, a candidate typically needed a CRS of around 450-470 points in a regular all-program draw to receive a permanent residence invitation. This usually requires candidates to have several years of post-secondary and perhaps multiple educational credentials, several years of work experience, and a strong English and/or French language proficiency. It is therefore best to continue improving your CRS score to the highest possible.
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