IRCC continues trend of PNP-only draws and increases the number of ITAs issued
The Express Entry draw was held on May 12, 2021 and resulted in 557 candidates receiving invitations to apply for their permanent residency.
In order to qualify for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) candidates were required to meet a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 752. This score requirement is fairly low since applicants who receive a provincial nomination are automatically awarded an extra 600 points on their existing CRS score. What this means is that the selected candidates initially had scores of 152.
The last PNP-only draw was held approximately two weeks ago on April 28, 2021. Only 381 candidates were invited at that time and the CRS score was lower at 717.
A cut-off time for the tie-break rule was published, as is the norm, even if there was no actual tie. For this draw, eligible candidates had to have submitted their Express Entry profile by April 29, 2021 at 10:18:12 UTC. Any profiles submitted after this cut-off time will be considered in future draws.
This year, due to the pandemic related travel restrictions and border closures, which are in place, IRCC has been focusing on issuing invitations to Express Entry candidates through either PNP-only or Canadian Experience Class (CEC) only draws.
By inviting candidates who are already living and working in Canada, the PR process becomes more efficient and brings Canada closer to achieving its target of welcoming 401,000 newcomers into the country by the end of the year.
IRCC’s aim for 2021 is to welcome 108,500 newcomers through Express Entry managed programs. Five months into 2021, IRCC has already issued 62,328 invitations.
At this pace, Canada will have no problems meeting its target.