Prepared by Samuel Francis Gills; Vinay Krishnan; Edited by Veronica Laurent on January 13, 2021

Canada kicked off the new year by issuing invitations on January 6 to Express Entry applicants with provincial nomination. In the current draw, only candidates who secured a province’s nomination certificate through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) were invited, which is why the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off score specific to the draw was fixed at 813. All the candidates who were nominated by provinces received a bonus 600 points that was added to their overall CRS score.

Express Entry is a system used by the federal government of Canada to manage Canadian permanent residence applications for Canada’s three main economic-class programs:

The highest-ranked candidates in the pool are then invited to apply for permanent residence through regular Express Entry draws. Candidates who receive express entry scores below CRS cut-offs can apply for provincial nomination programs, which is the best option to increase their score. After applying, if the application is successful, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. will make a final decision on the Candidate’s application and send a Confirmation of Permanent Residence. The final step for authorised permanent residence is to land in Canada and apply for the PR card. The candidate is now immigrated officially to Canada and may subsequently apply for citizenship, if interested.

Although a job offer is not required to qualify under the Express Entry System, the CRS awards additional points for candidates having a valid job offer. The large number of ITAs is aligned with the commitment by Canada to welcome more than 400,000 new migrants by 2021, most of them though Express Entry and its various aligned streams. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the year 2020 was a record-breaking year for Express Entry. By the end on the year 2020, Canada had granted 108,350 ITAs to Express Entry candidates. 2021 is expected to be an even bigger year, as Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. has raised immigration targets to higher level compared to the target set for the year 2020.

It is essential to note that the crisis did not affect Canada’s commitment to welcoming immigrants. Currently, because of the crisis, Canada has doubled this commitment. Canada plans to accept more than 400,000 new migrants annually, the highest number in its history, under its new immigration strategy for the year 2021-2023. 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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