2021 is projected to be an even bigger year with improved immigration targets following a huge year for Express Entry.
Canada opened the new year by issuing invitations on January 6 to Express Entry candidates who have provincial nominations.
Candidates who had a minimum score of 813 were invited by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Candidates who have earned nominations from an Express Entry-aligned Provincial Candidate Program (PNPs) are automatically added 600 points to their total score, which is why the score threshold compared to other invitation rounds is comparatively high.
To become Canadian permanent residents, the 250 invited applicants can now officially apply.
For three federal immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class, Express Entry is Canada’s application management system.
A score based on the Detailed Ranking System is given to candidates in those programs, as well as some PNPs (CRS). These points are awarded based on the human capital factors of the principal applicant, such as age, schooling, job experience, and English or French language skills.
An person, or a pair, can be awarded the points. While applicants for Express Entry do not need to have any experience in Canada or even a job offer, it can give them some additional points.
An Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence is obtained by the highest-scoring candidates via routine invitation rounds for Express Entry. After they apply, IRCC will then take a final decision on their immigration application and, if their application is successful, give them a Permanent Residence Confirmation. For licensed permanent residents, the last move is to land in Canada and apply for a PR passport. They have legally immigrated to Canada at this stage, and can ultimately apply for citizenship.
Toward the end of 2020, CRS cutoff scores fell marginally. This may be because IRCC began having larger draws, which meant that more of the top-scoring applicants from the Express Entry pool were invited.
The tie-breaking rule is enforced by the IRCC in the event of a tie between candidates. In the latest draw, applicants with a CRS score of 469 or more had to apply their Express Entry profile at 11:11:52 UTC before November 2, 2020 in order to obtain an invitation.
2020 was a record-breaking year for Express Entry, in spite of the coronavirus pandemic. By the end, 108,350 ITAs were released by Canada to Convey Entry candidates. As the IRCC has increased immigration targets to make up for the decreased number of new permanent residents admitted to Canada last year, 2021 is projected to be an even bigger year.
Next year, Canada is expected to accept 401,000 new immigrants, of which 108,500 are assigned to come through a program operated by Express Entry. It is projected that these goals will rise over the next three years to 110,500 in 2022 and 113,750 in 2023.