Alexandra Miekus - 14 October, 2021
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its third consecutive Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw in a row on October 13.
This new round of invitations, the 20th this year to focus on candidates with provincial nominations, resulted in 681 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) being issued to candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 720.
The CRS score dropped by 22 points from the previous PNP draw held on September 29, 2021.
The PNP allows Canadian provinces and territories to nominate candidates who have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to local economies. Each province and territory has its own "streams" that are tailored to the needs of the province. Several of these PNP streams are aligned with the federal Express Entry system, and candidates who receive a provincial nomination automatically earn an additional 600 SRC points.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Express Entry draws have been primarily program-specific, focusing on PNP and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates because they are the most likely to be in the country. Candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and Federal Skilled Trades Class (FST) programs have not been drawn from the Express Entry pool since the beginning of 2021.
This pause in all-program draws has been associated with the fact that Canada implemented travel restrictions and special COVID-19 measures, which prevented immigrants from abroad from obtaining permanent residency. In recent months, Canada's COVID-19 measures have been phased out.
While this is an unusual year for Express Entry, Canada is still on track to meet its ambitious goal of welcoming over 400,000 newcomers this year. Today's draw brought the total number of Express Entry ITAs issued in 2021 to 110,377.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is Canada's federal immigration department. It uses the Express Entry system to manage permanent residence applications through Canada’s three main economic-class immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Candidates who enter the Express Entry pool are given a score according to the CRS. This score is based on many factors such as your age, work experience, education and language ability.
Those who get an invitation to apply from IRCC, have to submit a complete application in order to received permanent residency.