Provincial Nominee Program

Express Entry draw with 3,400 invitations and 471 CRS score

On January 22 the Government of Canada held yet another Express Entry draw. The results saw 3,400 candidates chosen, all invited to apply to receive Canadian permanent residence. As always, the candidates had to meet a minimum score requirement based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). For this draw, the candidates needed a score of at least 471 points. This requirement is two points lower than the last draw from January 8. 

Express Entry is a popular pathway for skilled foreign workers to obtain their Canadian permanent residence. The stream manages profiles from three economic immigration programs: the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Class. Candidates register their profiles in the Express Entry system, and these profiles are ranked based on how they score in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). CRS scores are determined based on factors such as educational background, work history, training, English or French language skills, and other credentials. 

A tie-break was applied to this draw, which means that all candidates who met the required score and submitted their applications before the set time were given invitations. The timestamp for this particular tie-break was May 9, 2019 at 01:16:02 UTC.

Immigrate to Canada Through Express Entry

Typically, Express Entry Draws are held every two weeks. Notably, the minimum score tends to lower when there is a smaller gap between draws. With only two draws so far in 2020, Express Entry has distributed 6,800 Invitations to Apply. By the end of the year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is aiming to invite a total of 85,800 permanent residents. What’s more, the goal for 2021 is even higher at 88,800.

For candidates hoping to increase their CRS scores to qualify for Express Entry draws, there are options for increasing scores. There are Provincial Nomination Programs throughout Canada, which allow provinces and territories to sponsor foreign workers residing in their area. These programs award 600 points to successful applicants, which just about guarantees selection in a future Express Entry draw.  

Provincial Nominee Program

These provincial immigration streams

These provincial immigration streams may be looking for you, If you’re already in the Express Entry pool

Are you in the Express Entry pool and waiting to get an ITA? And it seems as if nothing is moving? Be patient, you never know which province might select you and send you a nomination. And you could land this without even trying. The passive immigration streams of Ontario, Nova Scotia and Alberta search up the Federal Express Entry pool to find eligible candidates.

Those selected are notified of the interest in them and asked to put in an application of interest for permanent residence in that province. But candidates can only apply after having been selected in one of the searches done by the provinces.

Candidates thus selected get 600 points for nomination.

In order to be invited to apply for a provincial nomination through one of these streams, immigration candidates must first enter a profile in the Express Entry pool. The eligibility criterion varies from province to province according to their labour market needs.

For example, Express Entry candidates selected through the January 24, 2019 draw for Nova Scotia were required to have a CRS score of between 400 and 450 and at least five years of related work experience as financial auditors and accountants, among other criteria.

Alberta selected candidates with a CRS score at least 300 and the requirement that the applicant must be working in an occupation that fell in line with the provinces’ economic development and diversification apart from other criteria. Ontario has selected most candidates through the Human Capital Priorities Stream so far, out of its three express entry linked streams. It issued 1,493 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) in its last draw to Express Entry candidates with CRS scores ranging from 439 to 448. This stream choses candidates from the Skilled worker class and the Canadian Experience Class.