Express Entry Numbers Boosted by PNP
February 22, 2021
There have already been 27, 900 Invitations to Apply (ITA) issued through the Express Entry system in 2019 so far. This compared to the same time last year, shows an increase of 6, 900 invites issued. This means that the total for this year’s draws could exceed the target as 2018 was already a record year, issuing 89, 800 ITAs. The April Express Entry Draws have started off strong, issuing invitations through several Express Entry-linked PNP streams as well. The government is going ahead with plans to welcome over a million immigrants to Canada within the next three years, meaning that the open immigration streams will likely continue to stay busy but will also increase their quotas to meet the demand. Move to Canada through Express Entry while you still have the chance and join those successful candidates who have been issued with ITAs for permanent residence.
How Express Entry WorksExpress Entry was created in 2015 to fast-track the federal programs which are the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class. This process takes as little as six months from start to finish, which is the fastest route you can take to immigrate to Canada. In order to apply for one of the federal programs under Express Entry, applicants need to create an online profile which details their background. This profile is then measured against the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) which awards points based on the criteria below. Eligible candidates are then entered into the Express Entry pool where the highest-scoring candidates are pulled and issued with Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence. CRS Criteria Awards Points For:
- CLB Language proficiency (English and French)
- Level of Education (In and outside Canada)
- Work Experience (In and outside Canada)
- Arranged employment
- Provincial Nomination achieved
- Siblings living in Canada as permanent residents/citizens
- Your spouse’s profile (if married)
Ways to Improve Your ScoreThere are a few ways that you can improve your score, even while already in the Express Entry pool. Your profile expires after 12 months if you are not drawn but this does not have to be the end! You can spend the time before applying again improving your CRS score in these ways:
- Achieve a Provincial Nomination (600 points)
- Study further (in and outside of Canada)
- Gain more work experience (in and outside of Canada
- Secure an offer of employment from a Canadian employer
- Better your language skills
Latest Express Entry DrawThe Express Entry draw that took place on April 17 issued another 3, 350 ITAs for permanent residence. The cut-off score was 451 which likely stayed so consistent due to the frequency of draws. The more often draws take place (so far every two weeks), the lower the cut-off score tends to be due to a tighter amount of time for the pool to be able to replenish candidates. The tie-break rule was used with the timestamp set at 15:01:49 UTC on April 2, 2019. This means that everyone who entered the Express Entry pool before this time who achieved a score of 451 or more received an invitation this time.
Manitoba DrawThe province of Manitoba held a draw on 11 April which works on an Expression of Interest (EOI) system. This means that candidates need to submit an EOI to the province of their choice, meet certain criteria and then, if successful, they are issued with an invitation to apply for a Provincial Nomination (PN). There were 403 invitations sent out through the Skilled Workers Overseas Stream with 352 going to two groups, one being Express Entry-linked. The lowest Express Entry score for this group was 561 which is quite high. The other 51 invites went through the Strategic Recruitment Initiatives where the lowest score was even stronger, at 695.
Saskatchewan DrawSaskatchewan on the other hand held their draw on April 17, through a Notification of Interest (NOI) whereby the process works in the opposite way, with the province letting the candidate know they are interested in them. This time they targeted certain occupations, some of which are new on their in-demand list. There were a total of 324 invites issued through the Express Entry and Occupation In-demand streams. The occupations target are below.
|Technical Occupations in Geomatics & Meteorology
|Tailors, Dressmakers, Furriers, Milliners
|Appliance Servicers & Repairers