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First Express Entry draw of 2021 is a PNP-only draw

Mohanad Moetaz - 06 January, 2021

First Express Entry draw of 2021 is a PNP only draw
First Express Entry draw of 2021 is a PNP only draw

Canada's first Express Entry draw of the year, on January 6, issued 250 invitations to apply to immigration candidates who have provincial nominations.

The minimum required Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off score was 813. This is much higher than previous draws. This is because those who receive provincial nominations are awarded an additional 600 CRS points. Without the additional points, the minimum CRS score is in fact 213. These invited candidates can now apply to become permanent residents of Canada.

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Canada aims to maintain high levels of invitations throughout the coronavirus pandemic and beyond, because of its goal to increase immigration significantly over the coming years. This is due largely to Canada's understanding that increased immigration will help with economic recovery post-pandemic. Canada aims to welcome over 400,000 new permanent residents each year between 2021-2023. 

The Express Entry system is used by Canada to manage the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class.

Some Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams are also managed through Express Entry. 

Those who are eligible to immigrate through one of the three federal Express Entry programs can submit an Express Entry profile on IRCC's website. Candidates in the Express Entry pool are given a CRS score based on human capital criteria such as their age, education, language skills and work experience. IRCC holds regular Express Entry draws inviting the highest-ranked candidates to apply for permanent residence. 

Despite the pandemic throughout most of 2020, Canada surpassed its immigration targets. Canada had aimed to issue 91,800 Express Entry invitations, but issued a total of 107,350, the most since IRCC launched Express Entry in 2015.

In 2021, Canada aims to welcome 108,500 immigrants through Express Entry.

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