Canada Proceeds with the Express Entry Draw
February 9, 2021
The Express Entry system just held its sixth draw of 2020, it was the second and somewhat unexpected draw for March. There are two things to take away from this. The first is how serious Canada is about immigration; even amidst a global pandemic, the Canadian immigration department is able to function and focus on their goal of bolstering their economy with skilled people from all over the world. The second is that the cut off score was the highest ever, with only 668 invitations being issued to applicants to apply for permanent residency in Canada. What this should mean given Canada’s immigration targets for 2020 is that once the world has COVID-19 under control and regular procedures resume, there will be a massive amount of invitations to apply for permanent residency issued through the Express Entry program. The reason for the low number of invitations is as we mentioned, the Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) cut off was set at 720 points, essentially only extending invitations to those applicants who had a Provincial Nomination. To understand the value of a Provincial Nomination have a look at our breakdown of ways to boost your CRS score below. If you’re considering immigrating to Canada, now is the time to act.
As you can see, the best way to guarantee an invitation is to earn a provincial nomination.
Express EntryThe Express Entry System is an immigration stream that was created in 2015 with the goal of fast tracking the immigration process for skilled and experienced foreigners who wish to immigrate to and settle in Canada permanently. To be eligible for Express Entry you must fall into one of the following categories:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
- Canadian Experience Class
Boost Your Comprehensive Ranking Score
|If you have a sibling who is a permanent resident or citizen of Canada||15 Points|
|Score 7 or higher on the NCLC French Language skills test||15-30 Points|
|If you have a post secondary qualification from a Canadian institution||15-30 Points|
|Get a valid job offer||50-200 Points|
|Obtain a provincial or territorial nomination through the PNP||600 Points|