Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Draw- 2021

As we all know that the year 2020 turned out to be bigger than anybody anticipated. So it is estimated that the year 2021 is going to be even bigger for Express Entry than the year 2020. Canada is also off with a great start with its first PNP draw of the year 2021. It is also estimated that the Canadian government is going to increase immigration targets this year.

With this mindset, IRCC started the year by issuing invitations to candidates who were having provincial nomination on January 6.

The minimum CRS score required for getting an invitation in this draw was 813 as announced by IRCC.

Applicants in the Express Entry aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) are automatically awarded 600 points for getting a nomination from one of the provinces. This is the only reason that the CRS score requirement is quite high for PNP draws. 

A total of 250 candidates were invited in this draw to become permanent residents of Canada.

Express Entry programs is an application management system for mainly three Federal Immigration Program. These programs are:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program
  3. Canadian Experience Class 

PNP candidates are also given CRS scoring for their profile evaluation. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is a pint based system that uses factors of the evaluation of the applicant’s profile.

The factors that are included in the evaluation process are educational qualification, language proficiency (English or French), working experience, age.

The CRS score is either awarded for an individual or for a couple. Having working experience or a job offer letter is not mandatory for Express Entry candidates but it certainly will help you achieve some extra points.

After the profile evaluation, the highest scoring candidate is then given an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to apply for a permanent residency through the Express Entry draws. Once the applicants apply, IRCC is the governing body and make the final decision for their immigration profiles. After the decision, a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) is sent to the candidate. The last step after getting the CoPR is the landing of the candidate on Canadian land and then applying for a PR card. At this point, the candidates have actually migrated to Canada and can eventually apply for citizenship as well.

There was a slight dip in the CRS score at the end of the year 2020 as IRCC was holding much bigger draws meaning there will much more chances for top-scoring candidates to be invited from the pool.

For a tie, IRCC uses a tie-breaker rule for selecting the candidates with the same CRS score. Normally the time and date of submission are taken into consideration for selecting the candidates with the same CRS score.

The year 2020 turned out to be pretty good despite the Coronavirus pandemic. It became a record-breaking year for Express Entry since its inception in the year 2015. Canada sent around 108,350 ITA to the Express Entry candidates by the end of the year 2020. As per the announcement of IRCC, 2021 is going to be even bigger as the immigration targets have been raised for this year. 

Around 401,000 new immigrants are going to invited by the Canadian authorities. Out of this 108,500 immigrants are going to be through the Express Entry program. The immigration targets are still going to be raised for the upcoming years. For the year 2022, 110,500 new immigrants and for 2023, 113,750 new immigrants are going to be invited through the Express Entry managed programs.

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