New Express Entry Draw: 284 Candidates Invited

More applicants were invited to this draw than the previously held PNP draw.

On the day of 31st March 2021, the Canadian Immigration department invited 284 new candidates for Permanent Residency (PR)

The candidates must have a provincial nomination from the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in order to get an Invitation to Apply (ITA). The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for getting the invitation was 778. 

This score might seem a little high as compared to the previous draw where the cut-off score was 449. But as we all know that 600 additional points are added to the applicant’s profile once they receive a nomination from one of the provinces. So in other words, the lowest-scoring applicant had a CRS score of 178 only. 

Applicants with a score of 778 and had submitted their profile before March 16, 2021, at 16:09:32 UTC. as per the tie-breaker rule.  IRCC always publishes a tie-breaker rule regardless of whether there is an actual tie or not.

Domestic candidates are the center of attraction for Immigration 

As the border is still closed for international travels, domestic candidates are thus in high demand in order to meet the immigration standards set by IRCC. As the Canadian government is led by Liberal Party, they have set an ambitious immigration target for the year 2021, through the Express Entry managed programs.

This is the reason why the Canadian Government is holding out specific draws so that they can target applicants who are already residing on Canadian land.  

When the Canadian border was first closed in March 2020, IRCC started holding PNP-specific draws targeting candidates that were eligible for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). IRCC continue to held these type of draws until for the later part of the year when it again started holding all program draw without singling out any particular applicants.

IRCC has gone back to holding PNP and CEC draws. IRCC even invited all the CEC candidates in the draw held on February 13, 2021, to apply for permanent residency in Canada. 

This draw resulted in giving out the largest number of invitations in the history of Canadian Immigration. So far this year, Canada has issued around 44,124 invitations to the Express Entry candidates. 

The CRS score requirement for the past few draws has gone up and down as per the draw type. The requirement for PNP-specific Express Entry draw was always above 600 points whereas, for CEC draw, the score requirement depended upon the number of applicants invited in the draw 

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