1047 Express entry candidates are invited by Canada at the conclusion of the draw held on March 2.
This is the 5th time in a year where Canada has conducted PNP only draw. In the new invitation round, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have issued invitations for PNP candidates. The base score was 161 as the provincial nomination would directly provide 600 points to the applicant, by adding so the CRS cut-off was 761 for the new draw.
The Candidates who received their invitations under the Provincial nomination now have a time period of 60 days to apply for permanent residence-Canada.
Taking a note of the previous draw, 1082 PNP candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence-Canada, that round of invitations stood as a record for express entry candidates.
Resuming draws for the skilled worker – In the near future, as discussed by the Immigration Minister Sean Fraser with the president and CEO of the Business Council of Canada.
Canada is planning to resume draws in the near future for the skilled worker’s category of express entry candidates for programs such as Canadian Experience Class (CEC); Federal skilled worker which was previously on pause due to the pandemic closure.
The targets of the immigration levels plan are higher than the last levels plan, having said that, the immigration level plans also foresee having a right balance in the coming years where more number of CEC and FSW candidates would be on call and welcomed to Canada.
The current levels plan focuses to bring in 83,500 immigrants through PNP categories and Express entry-aligned streams. The target seems to be higher than the previous levels plan which was 81,500 PNP candidates for 2022.
The pause in FSWP and CEC draws has not affected the PNP draws, Since the PNP draws to make a record number every two weeks.
The factual note is that IRCC has issued 2,145 invitations in the month of February alone which is twice as much as the previous month where 1428 PNP candidates alone were invited.
The Immigration Minister also assured to make the Express entry system more flexible so as to welcome more foreign nationals to Canada.
The flexibility may take the form like, to respond to short-term needs by welcoming people into smaller communities, the sectors in high demand, and also seek for people who are from specific educational institutions who can train the workers in the strategically important sectors of Canada.
Immigration will also give much focus and support to small- and medium-sized communities in the future also along with occupation-specific express entry draws.
What is Express Entry?
The timeless and efficient way to get a Canadian PR is via Express Entry, a point-based immigration program that manages applications for the key Canadian Immigration Programs such as Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program regulated by the Canadian Government where an applicant can submit his profile through an online portal.
The Comprehensive ranking system CRS is used as a ranking tool to analyze a candidate’s profile and award points accordingly. The top-scoring candidate will receive an ITA (Invitations to apply) for permanent residence. Once the application is reviewed by an IRCC officer the applicant will be asked for biometrics and also schedule an interview to proceed further. Thereafter on approving the application the applicant will receive a confirmation known as COPR (Confirmation of permanent residence) from IRCC, on receiving COPR an immigrant can complete the landing process by taking in the pre-arrival services to settle in the new land – Canada.
An ideal example of how a candidate may receive an ITA in the new express entry draw:
Grace is 39 years; she has a bachelor’s degree and has work experience for 6 years as an Information System Manager. Grace has excellent proficiency in English but has never worked or studied in Canada. She enters the express entry pool with a CRS score of 386; Alberta has invited her through provincial nomination through Alberta’s Express Entry stream. Now her new score of 986 was more than enough to receive ITA in the new Express Entry draw.