EXPRESS ENTRY DRAW #213: January 5, 2022
Canada invited 392 immigration candidates to apply for Permanent Residency in its first Express Entry draw of 2022 on January 5
Canada conducted its first Express Entry draw of 2022 on January 5.
A total of 392 Express Entry candidates, who previously obtained a nomination from an Express-entry aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), received Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian Permanent Residency in this draw.
The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cutoff for this draw was 808. Express Entry candidates, who received a provincial nomination, automatically get 600 additional points toward their overall CRS score. This is the reason that CRS cut-off score for PNP-specific draws is usually high.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied the tie-breaking rule and the time-stamp used was March 04, 2021 at 16:57:50 UTC. This means the PNP candidates who had a CRS score of 808 or more and had submitted their Express Entry profile before this time and date, received an ITA in this round of invitations.
Canada Express Entry System
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 (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FST) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Eligible candidates enter the Express Entry pool, where they are issued a CRS score based on their age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French, among other factors. A set number of highest-ranked candidates are then invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the pool.
Since September 2021, IRCC has only been holding PNP-specific draws as these candidates are highly likely to be in Canada already. Moreover, increasing backlog in applications is another major reason that IRCC is conducting only PNP-specific Express Entry draws. The immigration department wants to cut Express Entry backlogs in at least half before resuming all-program Express Entry round of invitations.
In 2021, IRCC has invited more than 114,000 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency. Out of total ITAs issued, 14,778 have been rendered to PNP candidates while the remaining 99,654 ITAs went to CEC candidates.
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