Express Entry

Canada Holds 3rd Express Entry Draw of 2021

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The third Express Entry draw of the year was held on January 20 2021. Candidates in Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) who had a minimum score of 741 were eligible for the latest draw.

374 eligible candidates were issued invitations by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Launched January 1 2015, the Express Entry System was developed by IRCC to manage the influx of applications under Canada’s three, main Federal Economic programs:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP);
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP);
  3. Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Express Entry also includes some of the PNP.

Interested and eligible candidates must create and submit their profile online on IRCC’s website. Their profile is evaluated and applicants are scored based on certain factors such as education, language proficiency in English and / or French, age, and work experience. This Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score will determine their ranking in the Express Entry pool.

When draws are held, the highest ranked individuals are invited by IRCC to apply for their permanent residency in Canada.

The latest draw was restricted to applicants who had successfully received a provincial nomination. When a provincial nomination is issued, applicants are automatically awarded an additional 600 points on their CRS scores, which often means permanent residency is almost guaranteed.

Past Express Entry Draws 2021

The last Express Entry draw for PNP candidates was held exactly two weeks ago on January 6 2021 when 250 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) were issued to candidates who had a minimum CRS score of 813.

The following day on January 7 2021, an additional Express Entry draw for Canada Experience Class was held. During this draw 4,750 candidates who had a score of at least 461 received ITAs.

If this pattern continues, Canada may see another Express Entry CEC draw on January 21 2021.

A total of 5,374 ITAs have been issued to date this year through Express Entry draws.

According to the Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023 released October 2020, the Canadian government is aiming to welcome 108,000 new immigrants through Express Entry draws in 2021.

That target goes up in 2022 to 110,500 and increases yet again in 2023 to 113,750.

In order to meet this target, approximately 9,000 ITAs will need to be issued per month which increases the likelihood of additional Express Entry draws as January 2021 winds down.

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