Canada continues to process immigration applications despite the pandemic and to grant new permanent residence invitations to qualified applicants. The flagship framework for handling economic class immigration applications in Canada is called Express Entry. Express Entry draws are conducted once in every two weeks.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued more Express Entry invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residence on a year-over-year basis when compared to any other Canadian governmental body, say, the various provinces. Candidates eligible for any of the program(s) are given a CRS score in the Express Entry Pool. It is based on their Core/Human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and language ability in English and/or French, etc.
The highest-ranked candidates in the pool are then invited to apply for permanent residence through regular Express Entry draws. Candidates who have secured points in the express entry system below the CRS cut-offs can apply for provincial nomination programs as well. PNPs are the best option to increase CRS scores. The highest-ranked candidates in the Express Entry pool are issued ITAs on regular invitation rounds.
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which started modestly in 1998 with approximately 200 immigrants being admitted to Canada, will now see an annual intake of over 80,000 new permanent residents. The PNP enables participating Canadian provinces and territories to select and nominate a certain number of economic immigrants for permanent residence every year. There are currently more than 80 PNP programs in Canada with respect to its territories and provinces.
The Federal Express Entry system handles the selection of applicants for three of Canada’s largest economic-class immigration programs:
Candidates who succeed in receiving a provincial nomination will receive an additional 600 CRS points which will get added automatically to their current CRS score in the Express Entry system. And this, reasonably guarantee them an Invitation to Apply from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Below is an overview of Programs:
Newfoundland and Labrador:
Prince Edward Island:
Since the pandemic, IRCC has been persistent that high immigration rates would be necessary for sustaining a stable and prosperous Canadian economy. The Government of Canada has a processing standard of six months for permanent residence applications filed through the Express Entry system.
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