Canada has invited 888 Express Entry candidates in its fourth consecutive round of invitations and third-largest PNP draw.
The second-largest draw invited 940 Express Entry candidates and the first one with 1,002 candidates.
The latest round of invitations has invited candidates with a CRS score of 744. The invited candidates had received a boost of 600 points because they had a provincial nomination from the PNP. The low-scoring candidates without having nominations would only have scores of 144.
In the previous draw, IRCC has invited 681 candidates with a minimum score of 720.
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Canada Express Entry draws have become program-specific, targeting PNP & CEC, Canadian Experience Class candidates. Express Entries from categories FSTP, Federal Skilled Trades Class & FSWP, Federal Skilled Worker Program have not been drawn since the beginning of 2021.
It has become an unusual year for Express Entry because of the travel restrictions implemented by the Canadian Government. It has restricted the immigrants to move abroad or from getting PR.
Even then, Canada has managed to welcome over four lakh newcomers this year. It has invited 111,265 Express Entry Candidates to apply for permanent residence which is comparatively more than the past year’s record.
Due to the extra 600 points given to provincial nominations, the average score cutoffs have remained high for the year.
What is Express Entry?
The Express Entry Program is not a visa in itself. Rather, it is an application management system that manages applications for the economic immigration programs of Canada. These are:
- FSWP (Federal Skilled Worker Program)
- FSTP (Federal Skilled Trades Program)
- CEC (Canadian Experience Class)
The program was first introduced in January 2015. To apply, you must first and foremost be eligible for one of the programs above.
Eligibility requirements of FSWP (Federal Skilled Worker Program)
- You must have at least one year of work experience or an equivalent amount in part-time in any occupation in the NOC 0, A, or B category.
- You must have a language proficiency score of at least CLB 7
- You must have completed an education equivalent to a Canadian High School diploma
- You must score at least 67 points out of 100 on the FSWP points grid
- You must have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family in Canada
Eligibility requirements of FSTP (Federal Skilled Trades Program)
- You must have at least two-year experience or an equivalent in part-time in a skilled trade
- You must meet all the skill requirements of the trade as per the NOC
- You must have a language proficient score of at least CLB4 or higher
- You must have a valid job offer from Canada or a Certificate of Qualification in a skilled trade issued by a province or territory in Canada
Eligibility requirements of CEC (Canadian Experience Class)
- You must have at least 1 year of work experience in Canada in the last 3 years. Your work experience must be full-time or an equivalent amount in part-time.
- Your work experience must be in a job in the NOC 0, A, or B category
- You must meet the language requirement. For jobs in the NOC 0 and A category, you must have a language score of CLB 7 or above. For jobs in the NOC B category, you must have a language score of CLB 5 or above.
Canada’s new Immigration Minister
Sean Fraser has become Canada’s new Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship. Fraser is 37 years old, a former lawyer from Nova Scotia, he was first elected in 2015 as a member of Parliament. He was re-elected in 2019 & 2020. He has earned a Bachelor of Science degree at St. France Xavier University in 2006. He then studied law at Dalhousie University and at Leiden University in the Netherlands, graduating in 2009.
Marco Mendicino was Immigration Minister previously has now become the Public Safety Minister.
In the meeting on October 21st, with associations representing the Canadian immigration lawyers and consultants, IRCC said it will continue to fulfill its priorities. It said that the three topmost priorities are:
- Achieving 401,000 new permanent resident’s as a target in 2021
- Family Reunification
- Resettling Afghan Refugees
IRCC will continue to invite immigrants through Express Entry, PNP, and Quebec’s program. With the total number of invitations reaching 110,377, Canada is set to meet the immigration target for the year..
Marco Mendicino said
“With a little more than two months to go, Canada is comfortably on track to meet its goal of welcoming 401,000 new permanent residents this year, despite closed borders. That Canada is on the cusp of achieving such a goal in such times is remarkable.”