Canada invited 636 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residency on June 22.
All invited candidates had previously received a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and had a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of at least 752. The minimum score was relatively high as Express Entry candidates automatically get 600 points added to their score when they receive a provincial nomination. Without the nomination, the lowest-scoring candidates would have had 152 basis points.
In the previous draw, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 932 Express Entry candidates with scores of at least 796.
Could this be the last draw of the PNP?
Yesterday, CIC News spoke with Immigration Minister Sean Fraser at the Collision Conference in Toronto, where the minister said IRCC was “tentatively” considering resuming draws for all programs on July 6.
Last April, Fraser announced that Express Entry invitations for Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) applicants will resume in early July, but at that time it will not did not offer a date.
As of September 2021, IRCC has only held draws for PCP applicants. IRCC has temporarily suspended draws for CEC and FSWP applicants to reduce the Express Entry backlog, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic.
The inventory of IRCC applications from the three Express Entry programs has improved since the announcement. On June 1, it amounted to 31,603 people against 40,889 at the end of April.
While draws for all programs may resume in two weeks, that may not be the end of PNP draws forever. Prior to the pandemic, IRCC occasionally held PNP draws only. IRCC views the PCP as critical to supporting economic development regions across Canada.
In addition, Bill C-19 is in the process of being adopted in the Canadian Parliament, which will allow IRCC to invite candidates whose profiles correspond to the economic priorities of the government. For example, the government may hold occupation-specific draws for applicants who work in an occupation where there is a labor shortage.
What is Express Entry?
Express Entry is the application management system for the three most popular immigration programs in Canada: the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Federal Skilled Trades Program. PCP candidates in the Express Entry pool have already qualified for at least one of these programs.
Express Entry uses a point-based system, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), to rank candidate profiles. Top-scoring applicants receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and can then apply for permanent residency.
Once the candidate has applied, an IRCC officer reviews the application and makes a decision. The officer will request biometrics and may arrange an interview or request more documents.
If the application is approved, IRCC issues a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR). Approved permanent residents can then complete the settlement process. If they are outside of Canada, they can access pre-arrival services to help them with the first steps of settling in Canada.
Who was invited?
Here is a hypothetical example of someone who could have been invited to the new Express Entry draw.
Manjit is 39 years old, has a bachelor’s degree and has worked as a site manager for six years. He has an advanced command of English and has never worked or studied in Canada. He entered the Express Entry pool with a CRS score of 386. Manjit recently received a provincial nomination. His new CRS score of 986 would have been high enough to get an ITA in the new Express Entry draw.
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