Express Entry Draw #199: August 4, 2021
Canada conducted its first Express Entry draw of this month on August 4, 2021.
Total 512 Express Entry draw candidates, who had previously obtained nominations from an Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), received invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canadian Permanent Residency in this draw.
In order to get an ITA in this draw, PNP candidates were required to have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 760.
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied a tie break in this draw and the time stamp used was March 5, 2021 at 22:38:31 UTC. That means all PNP candidates with a CRS score of at least 760 who had submitted their profiles in the Express Entry pool before this date & time, received invitations in this draw.
The Express Entry system is Canada’s primary source of skilled foreign workers. It manages the profiles of candidates under three Federal High Skilled economic class immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is the second most popular Canadian immigration program after Express Entry. Most of Canada’s provinces and territories have their own PNP streams (aligned with Federal Express Entry System and not aligned with Express Entry) that allow them to welcome foreign skilled professionals/workers who can help address their local labour market needs.
Candidates, who meet the selection criteria of an Express Entry-aligned PNP stream and successfully receive a provincial nomination invitation, can obtain additional 600 points toward their CRS Scores. This effectively guarantees them an ITA in subsequent Express Entry Draw.
Since the start of 2021, IRCC has been conducting only PNP- and Canadian Experience Class (CEC)- specific Express Entry draws as these candidates are most likely already in Canada. So far this year, 99,316 Express Entry candidates have been invited to apply for permanent residency by IRCC.
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