Alexandra Miekus - 19 August, 2021
Two separate Express Entry draws were held on August 18 and 19 resulting in a total of 3,463 candidates being invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
Canada invited a total of 463 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates to apply for permanent residence on August 18. These candidates had to have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of at least 751 to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination are awarded an extra 600 CRS points towards their CRS score.
Canada also issued invitations to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates on August 19. In that draw invited candidates were required to have a CRS score of at least 403.
Since the introduction of travel restrictions in March 2020, Canada has held several program-specific draws, such as the ones that took place over the past two days.
Express Entry is the system that the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC) uses to manage permanent residence applications for Canada’s three main economic-class programs:
Candidates with an Express Entry profile are given a CRS score. This score is based on their age, work experience, education, and their proficiency in French or English. CRS points can be awarded to one individual or to a couple.
Candidates with the highest CRS scores in the Express Entry pool are invited to apply for permanent residence (PR) in regularly held Express Entry draws.
Once a candidate is invited to apply for PR, they may submit an complete application to IRCC so a final decision can be made. If a candidate is successful, they will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and a visa on their passport if they need one to enter Canada. The final step would be to move to Canada and receive their Permanent Residence (PR) card.
The two draws held over the past two days bring the total number of invitations issued this year to 105,779. This is almost double the number of invitations issued at the same time last year. To date, IRCC has conducted 32 rounds of invitations, alternating in equal numbers between PNP and CEC specific draws. In 2021, Canada hopes to admit 108,500 Express Entry candidates.
Admissions through the Express Entry system count towards Canada's annual intake target of more than 400,000 immigrants for the next three years.
Candidates who wish to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry first have to create a profile and enter the pool. Express Entry profiles can be valid for up to one year.
Canada aims to process PR applications submitted through Express Entry within six months.