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Canada starts 2021 with a Provincial Nominees only Express Entry draw.

Canada has started 2021 by issuing Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to Express Entry candidates who already have provincial nominations on January 6th, 2021.

In this draw, Immigration, Refugees and, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have invited 250 candidates who had a minimum score of 813 or above. These 250 candidates can now apply for the status of permanent residence in Canada.

The CRS score requirement in this draw was quite high as the candidates in this draw already had provincial nominations which meant that they were automatically awarded 600 additional points in their overall score.

Express Entry:

The Canadian express entry is an online system that is used to manage the applications of skilled workers for permanent residence and identifying which of them are eligible for the invite.

Express Entry oversees Canada’s three main economic classes which are – the Federal Skilled Workers Program, The Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. ITA’s are issued to a certain number of top-ranked candidates in the Express Entry pools to apply for their permanent residence in the regular draws that usually takes place every two weeks and incorporates the vast majority of candidates from the three main economic classes managed by express entry.

In the process of selecting candidates to be invited for permanent residence, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score remains the top priority and the primary factor.

CRS is the scoring system that reviews the profiles of applicants and determines which of them are eligible for an Express Entry invite. The score is based on several human capital factors such as age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and other additional factors.

The cut-off CRS score can be influenced by certain factors such as the size of the draw and period between draws. This implies that the CRS cut-off score would be lower if the pool size is bigger and if there is less time between two draws and vice-versa. Factors such as age, education, skilled work experience, and proficiency in English and French also play a major role in determining the CRS score.

The standard time that is taken for a permanent residence application filed through the Express Entry System to process takes around six months, as stated by the Government of Canada.

Provincial Nomination Program (PNP):

If a candidate is interested in a specific province or territory, they can opt for the Provincial Nomination Program. In PNP, Candidates are selected based on the local labor market needs of the certain province or territory the candidate is applying in. Most provinces and territories take part in PNP. Once candidates receive the provincial nomination, they are awarded additional 600 CRS points, which guarantees them an Express Entry invites for a Permanent Residence.

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