IRCC issues 671 invitations to provincial nominee candidates in latest Express Entry draw. Selected candidates can now apply for permanent residency.
An Express Entry draw was held on March 8 2021 by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and 671 invitations were issued to eligible candidates.
The draw was only open to candidates who previously received a provincial nomination through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
The score required for the draw was 739 or higher, which wasn’t a problem for the candidates as they were awarded an automatic 600 points when they got their provincial nomination.
The 600 points was added on top of their initial human capital score. In theory, candidates with initial Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of as low as 139 will now become permanent residents.
The tie-break rule was used for this draw, only candidates who submitted their Express Entry profile by 19:10:25 UTC on February 16, 2021 were considered, anyone who applied after that was not part of this draw.
To date, this year a total of 38,657 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) have been issued by the federal government. Canada made it abundantly clear through its 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan that immigration was a top priority this year given the lower numbers in 2020 due to the pandemic.
For 2021, the government plans to welcome 401,000 newcomers, so now really is the time to apply for Canadian immigration.
Many people who want to immigrate to Canada feel hesitant to apply because their CRS scores are too low, but this draw is proof that the with right program and the right steps, even the lowest score can be boosted and lead to permanent residency.
If you haven’t done so already, create your profile in the Express Entry system and consider submitting an application for PNP as well.