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Express Entry Draws 

The government of Canada held consecutive Express Entry draws on May 14 and May 15, inviting a total of 3900 candidates to apply for permanent residence. The invitation rounds took place only 24 hours apart from one another. 

Express Entry is a popular immigration method for skilled foreign workers. It manages the profiles of Economic Workers from three Canadian immigration programs. These programs are the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Workers Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Class.

The May 14 draw had 529 invitations sent exclusively to candidates who also participated in the Provincial Nomination Program. The minimum CRS score required for this draw was 718 points. Although this seems high, Provincial Nominations award recipients with an additional 600 points towards their initial scores.

Meanwhile, the Express Entry draw held May 15 invited 3,371 candidates, all exclusively from the Canadian Experience Class. The minimum CRS score required for the draw was the lowest it’s been since January 2019, with the cut-off being 447 points. 

Since the COVID-19 pandemic reached Canada, Express Entry has only extended permanent residence invitations to Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nomination Program candidates. Supposedly this is due to the fact that candidates from these programs are more likely to currently reside in Canada. 

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February 5 Express Entry draw sends 3,500 invitations

The latest Express Entry draw was on February 5, and it saw 3,500 invitations to apply (ITAs) given to candidates looking for Canadian permanent residence. As of this draw, the Government of Canada has issued 10,300 ITAs through Express Entry so far in 2020. This draw selected candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of 472 points. Incidentally, this was one point higher than the minimum score from the previous draw. A tie break was applied to this draw, meaning candidates who met the minimum score and applied at the designated time were accepted. In this case, the tie break time was January 30, 2020, at 07:36:26 UTC.

As always, the Express Entry system distributes ITAs to Economic Immigration candidates from three skilled labour immigration streams. The candidates are selected from the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Class. The draws are held regularly, taking place approximately every two weeks. 

Express Entry hopefuls create profiles for the stream and their selection depends on the CRS score attached to these profiles. In turn, CRS scores are determined based on multiple factors, like education background, work history, French or English language skills, the applicant’s age, etc. A job offer also adds points to a candidates’ profile. However, a job offer is not required to be eligible for Express Entry or to receive an ITA. 

CRS Scores for Express Entry

Every Express Entry draw has a minimum score of CRS points that all candidates must meet to be selected in that particular draw. For example, this latest draw only had candidates with CRS score of 472 or higher. Express Entry minimum scores rarely go below 465 points, and what’s more the minimum score tends to increase with longer gaps between draws. 

Express Entry candidates seeking to increase their scores can look towards Canada’s many Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP). There are different PNPs in most of Canada’s provinces and territories, all with their own unique focus. Additionally, these programs award selected candidates with 600 points toward their CRS score. With countless PNP programs throughout Canada, it’s a great way to increase the chances of being selected for Express Entry. What’s more, these programs can help you make connections with communities and establishing yourself in Canada. 

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Prince Edward Island sent 158 provincial nominations to skilled workers and entrepreneurs 

Prince Edward Island (PEI) held another provincial nominations draw on October 17, where it drew 158 candidates. The contestants were selected from PEI’s three immigration categories: Business Impact, Labour Impact, and the provincial Express Entry stream.

The PEI Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) requires potential Express Entry candidates to send in an Expression of Interest (EOI). After presenting their EOI profile, they can be considered for the provincial draws. However, the profile receives an EOI score prior to the draw: this EOI score awards points based on PEI’s personalized points system. The province holds monthly draws, wherein the highest-scoring profiles are selected and the candidates receive invitations

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If selected, PEI Express Entry candidates can apply for a provincial nomination. If the applicants are successful, they receive an additional 600 points for their Express Entry profile. Candidates are almost certain to be selected in a federal Express Entry draw with such a high score.

Labour Market Impact applicants must also submit EOIs to the PEI PNP and can apply for provincial nominations if selected. The Labour Market Impact category channels through three streams: Critical Worker, International Graduate, and Skilled Worker. This category is aimed at skilled foreign workers and recent graduates with offers of employment in PEI. 

The province stated that the October 17 draw had 146 candidates selected from Express Entry and Labour Market Impact. However, the province did not specify any minimum EOI scores. 

The PEI PNP did, however, announce that 12 of the candidates were from the province’s Business Impact: Work Permit Stream. They also released the minimum EOI score for these candidates, which was 122 points or more. Entrepreneurs who would like to open a business in the province are the focus of this category. 

So far in 2019, Prince Edward Island has sent 1,345 provincial nomination invitations. 1,177 of the invitations have gone to Express Entry and Labour Market Impact applicants. Meanwhile, Business Impact: Work Permit Stream candidates received 168 of the invitations. 

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Alberta gives provincial nominations to 374 Express Entry candidates  

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) held a draw for provincial nominations on September 25. The results saw 374 Express Entry candidates drawn, with their profiles having Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 400 points or above. These candidates will be invited to apply for provincial nominations. If accepted they will receive a nomination, along with 600 points added to their Express Entry scores. Having such a high score on their Express Entry profiles will bring the candidates to the top of the draw, effectively guaranteeing their selection in a federal draw for Canadian permanent residence.   

The AINP is just one of many Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) across Canada. These programs utilize immigration streams like Express Entry to select Economic-Class immigrants for provincial nominations. Express Entry candidates are selected from three programs: Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Federal Skilled Worker Class.

The AINP selects foreign workers from the stream who have strong connections to Alberta, such as educational background, work history, or close family in the province. It also considers applicants who currently work in a career that is currently in-demand for the province. Additionally, the program looks for candidates that would contribute to Alberta’s diversification and economy. Although the candidates do not require an outstanding job offer from an Albertan employer, it may increase their chances of being selected.    

Lowest CRS Scores of Any Province 

Many Provincial Nominee Programs select their candidates based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in their Express Entry profile. CRS scores rank skilled workers based factors such as their educational background, work experience, and language skills (in English or French). Alberta has had a reputation for having the lowest minimum score requirements in Canada for provincial nomination draws. The province has previously had draws where the scores were as low as 300 points. However, the September 25 draw was significantly higher at 400 points. Nevertheless, this is still lower than the most recent federal Express Entry 464 point minimum score. 

Just in September, Alberta selected 853 candidates and awarded them provincial nominations. So far in 2019, the AINP has awarded a total of 6,088 invitations for provincial nominations.

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New Brunswick all set to search the Express Entry Pool through a targeted Search System

In an effort to meet the provincial labour market needs, New Brunswick announced on July 26th that it will begin to issue occasional invitations to apply for permanent residence in the province to federal Express Entry candidates. These invitations may come whether the candidate has filed an Expression of Interest with the province or not.

So long as the candidate is registered in the Express Entry pool, and matches the desired criteria. Then, they could be selected by the province of New Brunswick to fit the shortage of employment in certain job industries. The Express Entry pool holds profiles of a vast majority of economic-class immigrants, and rates them based on factors such as age, language proficiency, education, skilled work experience, and other criteria.

Several other provinces are already using targeted search system in the federal pool to fill the gaps in their industries, though candidates who receive a Letter of Interest from provinces are not necessarily required to accept.

All candidates who receive such invitations from the province of New Brunswick. They are still expected to meet the eligibility requirements as determined by the NBPNP’s Express Entry Labour Market Stream.

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PEI EOI draw

PEI, a popular destination for immigrants, has issued its latest invitations

Prince Edward Island, known as PEI, one of the three maritime provinces, has experienced an incredible population growth rate of 2% year-over-year since 2016. During the same period, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, which are the other two maritime provinces, had an average growth rate of 0.8% and 0.5% respectively. Amongst all of the maritime provinces, PEI has been very successful in attracting and retaining skilled foreign workers in recent years.

On May 16, PEI Provincial Nominee Program issued 104 invitations to immigration candidates in its new Expression of Interest (EOI) draw. 

90 out of the 104 invitations went to candidates applying through Labour Impact category and Express Entry category.  

The labour Impact category consists of four sub-categories: Skilled Worker in PEI, Skilled Worker outside PEI, Critical Worker and International Graduate. A job offer in PEI is required if using these streams.

The Express Entry category is linked to the Federal Express Entry system. A job offer in PEI is not required, but a priority is given to candidates who are currently living and working in the province. 

The rest 14 invitations went to candidates applying through Business Impact category-Business Work Permit Stream, with the minimum point of 107.

To be considered for a nomination, candidates must create a profile in PEI’s EOI system. Qualified candidates with the highest scores are invited to apply for a provincial nomination. 

Within the EOI system, depending on which stream you are using, there are several areas with associated points: age, language, education, work experience, employment, business ownership or senior management experience, community endorsement and adaptability. 

The EOI draw is held on the third Thursday of each month. The next Expression of Interest draw is scheduled for June 20, 2019. 

If you are interested in immigrating to PEI or other Canadian provinces and have any questions, please feel free to contact our professional Canada immigration consultants.

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Canada has increase its immigration targets for the next three years which might see an influx of about 1 million new Permanent Residents in the country. With setting of these bigger targets for Canada’s economic immigration categories for 2018, Immigration and Refugees Canada will only be left with the option of quicker and frequent draws from the pool in the new year’s or to take in more candidates meaning a larger draw. Both of these options will affect the Combined Ranking Scores bringing the threshold to a lower cut off.

In 2017, all the CRS thresholds have hovered between 400 to 450s. In most of the draws in 2017, they remained around the 430’s. 2017 also saw the lowest threshold so far in June at 4013. In 2016 this trend did not prevail as there were fewer ITA with very high cut-offs. The lowest CRS score in 2016 was 453. In 2018, it is expected that many more ITA’s will be issued, and this translates to expecting much lower CRS scores.

2017 also saw a few exceptional draws, like on May 26th and Nov 1st, where candidates with provincial nominations and Federal Skilled Trades Class were targeted. This peaked to a high at 775 for provincial nominees and fell to as low as 199 for Federal Skilled Trades Class. It is important to note that provincial nominees receive extra 600 points for nomination on their express entry application.
When draws are made on program mes specifications, they always have an effect of reducing the thresholds in the Express Entry System. But November seems to have set in a new and dynamic trend for 2018, and for obvious reasons, 2018 will be an year to watch out for.

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