The Express Entry Draw Marches On
February 9, 2021
On 23 March 2020 Canada held it’s 140th Express Entry draw, inviting 3,232 applicants to apply for permanent residency in Canada. It was the third draw from March and came only five days after their last draw. The draw was aimed specifically at candidates who entered under the Canadian Experience Class category and issued invitations to applicants with scores as low as 467 points on their Comprehensive Ranking Score. As Canada continues to function extraordinarily well during this time of global crisis, it should come as no surprise that they can continue to invite applicants largely thanks to their strict application process. The message is clear, Canada wants immigrants with desirable skills to help them continue to be a nation at the forefront of the global economy.
Why Do Immigrants Choose CanadaAs Canada looks to welcome over a million new immigrants by the end of 2022, we can look at a few of the reasons why they don’t struggle to attract people of all backgrounds and cultures.
Quality of LifeNo matter what you do or where you live in Canada, you will have an amazing quality of life. The Canadian wilderness is unrivaled in beauty and there is an abundance of outdoor activities to enjoy in both the summer and wintertime. The cost of living is very affordable in Canada and is always relative to where you choose to live. In cities, you will earn higher wages, but rent will be more expensive. Living in the country will have relatively lower costs and you will have much more direct access to the great outdoors; hiking, mountain biking, swimming, skiing during winter and building great big snowmen are what’s waiting for you in the great white north.
Social BenefitsCanada has one of the best public healthcare systems in the world, just look at how well they are handling the COVID-19 pandemic. Paid for in equal measure by all the residents and citizens of Canada for the benefit of one and all, it is a social system that is the envy of many countries. To add to that free public schooling for all children up to the age of 18 and thousands of public grants available to promising students looking to further their education at tertiary institutions. Canada is a country that cares about the well being of its people and knows the value of education.
Food, Fun and SeasonsFrom beaver tails and Timbits at funfairs during the sunny summers to hearty bowls of poutine and beef dips while cuddled up by the fireplace during snowy winters. Canada has a rich and vibrant culture that encourages diversity, happy families and inclusivity as a way of life. When asked in a recent survey 93% of Canadians said they would happily welcome someone of a different cultural background into their community. The stereotype about Canadians being friendly is indeed true, and it’s one of the few stereotypes we have no problem getting behind.
Express Entry - The Canadian Experience ClassThe main differentiating factor of the Canadian Experience Class Category of the Express Entry program is that applicants must have at least 1 year of work experience in Canada within the last three years. The work can be in a part-time position, but must then equal one years’ full-time work experience. Furthermore:
- The position must fall within the NOC 0, A or B (Managerial jobs, professional jobs, and technical jobs or skilled trades);
- You must be able to prove you met or currently meet the requirements of the positions as specified;
- There is no Education requirement, however, you can increase your CRS score by attending a post-secondary school in Canada or having your foreign credentials assessed;
- You must score a minimum of 7 on the Canadian Language Benchmark tests for NOC O, A or a 5 for NOC B positions; and
- You must be admissible to Canada.