Mohanad Moetaz - 19 March, 2021
A total of 5,183 candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada's latest Express Entry draws on March 17 and 18.
On March 17, Canada invited Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) to apply for permanent residence. These candidates must have had a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of at least 682 to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
Those who receive a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 CRS points. This means that invited candidates needed only 82 core points to receive an ITA.
On March 18, Canada invited Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates to apply for permanent residence. Those invited in this draw needed a CRS score of at least 449.
Canada held many program-specific draws after Canada introduced temporary measures in March 2020 to curb the spread of COVID-19, such as closing the border and implementing travel restrictions.
Express Entry is the system that the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC) uses to manage permanent residence applications for one of Canada’s three main economic-class programs
In addition, many provinces have immigration programs that are aligned with the federal Express Entry system.
Candidates that are admitted into the Express Entry system are given a CRS score. This score is based on multiple human capital factors, such as their age, work experience, education, and their proficiency in French or English.
CRS points can be given to one individual or to a couple. The highest-scoring candidates in the Express Entry pool are invited to apply for permanent residence in regular Express Entry draws.
Once a candidate submits their application after receiving an ITA, IRCC make a final decision. Canada aims to process most of the applications they receive within six months. If a candidate is successful, they will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence and a visa on their passport if they require one. The final step would be to move to Canada and receive their Permanent Residence (PR) card.
These draws bring the total number of invitations issued so far in 2021 to 43,840. By the same time last year, this number was 19,368. This disparity is due to Canada's historic Express Entry draw, held on February 11, when a total of 27,332 CEC candidates were invited in a single draw. The minimum CRS score required for that draw was just 75.
Canada aims to invite many more people throughout the year to apply for permanent residence. The country is well on its way to meet its targets as per the Immigration Levels Plan. Canada is looking to welcome over 400,000 immigrants every year between 2021 and 2023. For 2021, Canada aims to welcome 108,500 immigrants under Express Entry. Canada is aiming to welcome 110,500 immigrants in 2022 and 113,750 in 2023.
Despite the COVID-related travel restrictions in place, candidates who wish to submit their Express Entry profile may still do so. IRCC continues to accept submissions to the Express Entry system.