IRCC held its third consecutive PNP draw in a row on October 13
It issued 681 invitations to candidates who had a minimum CRS score of 720. All the candidates who had applied received an automatic 600 points by holding a nomination from PNP. Without nomination, the lowest-scoring candidate would only have scores of 120.
IRCC previously invited 761 candidates with a score of at least 742. With a lower CRS requirement, this draw is lower than the previous one. It also suggested there were fewer PNP candidates with higher scores.
No change in Express Entry strategy
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Canada has implemented a lot of restrictions on everything which made the candidates hold up from completing their PR process. According to the commitment to the provincial and territorial immigration strategies, IRCC had continued holding the PNP draws even though these candidates are not necessarily in the country. Candidates in the CEC category are most likely to be in Canada because they need at least one year of Canadian work experience in a skilled occupation.
This year, IRCC has already issued 110,377 invitations to PNP and CEC candidates with three months more to go, this has been a record number for IRCC whereas it had only issued 107,350 invitations last year.
IRCC invited all the CEC candidates to the pool due to which the number of ITA’s were inflated on February 13.
Depending on the draw specific to PNP or CEC the minimum scores have been kept on changing. These scores are determined by how many invitations are issued by IRCC in the round and the total number of candidates in the pool. Only top-scoring candidates get invited to the pool. PNP draws have higher cut-offs because candidates having provincial nominations get 600 points added to their score.
What is Express Entry?
It is an application management system that manages applications for the economic immigration programs of Canada. Canadia Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program, & the Federal Skilled Trades Program are the three programs that use Express Entry. PNP candidates in the Express Entry have already qualified for one of these programs.
Express Entry uses CRS, Comprehensive Ranking System which is a points-based system used to rank the profiles of the candidates. The top-scoring candidates receive an ITA and then they can apply for PR. After that, IRCC reviews the application and makes the decision. Then they may set up an interview or ask for more documents or biometrics.
If the application gets approved, IRCC issues a COPR, Confirmation of Permanent Residence. Approved PR’s can then complete their landing process. If they are staying outside Canada, they can access pre-arrival services for settling in Canada.
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