In the latest round of express entry draws, there were 654 Provincial nominee candidates who were selected.
On February 10, 2021, the Canadian government announced the latest Express Entry draw, and 654 applicants were selected for relocation. Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have set the minimum selection score at 720. It was a program-specific draw, and the applicants who had already received the nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) were the only ones selected. Thus a high Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement.
The Key Highlights of the Draw – Express Entry PNP Specific
The appellants who received the provincial nomination are eligible for 600 bonus points in the federal system; thus, they have a good selection in the next EE draw. The recent draw was 21 points lower than the earlier interest, a PNP-specific round and held on January 20, 2021.
The Express Entry System is a skilled immigration pathway where the applicants can relocate through any of the three subcategories: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
The applicants are given a score based on the CRS benchmark, and those candidates who meet the CRS score are shortlisted for immigration, the score calculation is as per age, education, work experience, and language ability in English or French.
There is no need for a job offer to apply for Express entry, although extra points are given to those who have a job offer in hand. The High scoring applicant receives an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and it needs to be responded to with documents in 60 days.
The IRCC settled the tie between candidates with the tie-breaking rule, and it was set for August 14, 2020, at 6:51:00 UTC in order to receive an invitation. Those applicants who had submitted their profile on or before the set date and time were considered in this draw.
The IRCC has until now invited 10,654 applicants through four program-specific draws in 2021. There are supposed to be more immigrations and high immigrations this year as The IRCC needs to meet the year's Immigration target set. There is a heavy reliance on skilled workers who are already in Canada to meet these targets; thus, more program-specific draws can be expected in the future as well.
In the year 2021, there has not been a single all-program draw till now. With the high immigration target of 401,000 new immigrants, the target for express entry is set at 108,500. With each year, the target is increasing to 110,500 in 2022 and 113,750 in 2023. hence, The IRCC will take all necessary measures to meet the targets despite border restrictions imposed.