On December 10th, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held an Express Entry draw. 1,032 candidates were invited to apply for permanent residency.
Candidates invited in this draw held a nomination from a Canadian province through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) with a cut off score of 698. A nomination from a province adds 600 points to an express entry profile, while other PNPs allow a nominee to apply directly for permanent residency to the IRCC right after the nomination.
This was the 7th draw in a row that targeted PNP candidates.
What is Express Entry?
In 2015 the Canadian government created the Express Entry System to alleviate immigration backlogs and expedite skilled workers immigrating to Canada as permanent residence. Express Entry is not a program but rather an online system that the Canadian government uses to manage applications for permanent residency from skilled workers.
- Canadian Experience Class: Program for candidates with Canadian work experience
- Federal Skilled Worker: Program for candidates with Canadian or outside Canada work experience
- Federal Trades Worker: Program for candidates in the trades and hold certification
- Provincial Nomination Programs: Programs designed by Canadian provinces to meet their economic and labour shortages
How does Express Entry Work?
The Canadian government or Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) more specifically, holds an Express Entry draw every two weeks to select candidates from the express entry pool. The IRCC selects a number of candidates every two weeks to meet their immigration quotas for the year and the exact amount of candidates selected fluctuates throughout the year. The draws are sometimes specific to one of the programs mentioned above or they might hold a “General Draw” which is a selection from all the programs under the Express Entry umbrella.
In each draw, the IRCC will select the top-ranked candidates in the express entry pool on a points-based system. Candidates are selected and ranked based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS takes into consideration a few factors, age, education, language skills, and work experience being some of them.
The top candidates in each draw will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA), allowing the candidate to apply for permanent residency. After applying the IRCC will review the candidate and request documents and possibly an interview. If the IRCC approves the application they will issue a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and the applicant will be able to start their landing process.
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