February 11, 2021

Express Entry: 654 PNP candidates receive ITAs

Express Entry candidates who had received a provincial nomination were invited in the new round of invitations.

Canada invited 654 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on February 10, 2021.

Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited candidates who had a minimum score of 720.

Only candidates who had received a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) were invited in the latest draw, which is why the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut off was so high. Candidates who have received nominations from an Express Entry-aligned PNPs automatically get 600 points added to their overall score.

Today’s draw CRS score was 21 points lower than that of the previous PNP-specific round of invitations held on January 20, 2021.

Express Entry is Canada’s application management system for three federal immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Candidates in these programs, as well as some PNPs, are given a score based on the CRS. These points are awarded based on the candidate’s human capital factors such as age, education, work experience, and language ability in English or French.

The points may be awarded to an individual or a couple. Express Entry candidates do not need to have any experience in Canada in order to be invited to apply for permanent residence. They do not need a job offer, but it may give them some extra points.

The highest-scoring candidates receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence through regular Express Entry rounds of invitation. Once an application has been submitted, IRCC will make a final decision and send a Confirmation of Permanent Residence if the application is accepted. The final step for approved permanent residents is to settle in Canada and apply for a PR Card. At this stage, such individuals are officially immigrated to Canada and may eventually apply for citizenship.

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