Last Updated on March 8, 2021

Canada has followed up its recent record-breaking Express Entry draw with a new one targeting Provincial Nominee Program candidates, issuing 671 Invitations to Apply (ITAs).

The March 8 draw required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 739 points, 19 higher than the previous PNP draw. It was the fourth PNP draw of 2021 and seventh overall this year.

The draw marks a return to normality after the previous record-breaking draw on February 13, which saw 27,332 ITAs issued and a minimum CRS of 75.

ITAs Issued In Last 10 Express Entry Draws

IRCC has now issued 38,657 ITAs through seven draws to start 2021, including four PNP draws totalling 1,949 ITAs, and three CEC draws, issuing 36,708 ITAs.

When the coronavirus crisis began in Canada in March 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) switched to draws focused on PNP and CEC candidates, given they were more likely to already be in the country.

However, between August and December 2020, IRCC resumed regular all-program draws.

ITAs Issued by This Stage of Each Year

Canada set a new record for total ITAs in 2020 at 107,350, despite the year being marred by coronavirus. The previous record for ITAs in a calendar year was the 89,800 issued in 2018.

The latest draw saw the tie-breaking rule implemented on February 16, 2021 at 3.10pm EST. If more than one candidate had the minimum CRS score, only those who submitted their Express Entry profiles before this date and time received invitations.

This was the seventh round of invitations under Express Entry in 2021 and 177th overall.

Minimum CRS Scores For 2021 PNP Draws

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is an immigration system implemented by Canadian immigration authorities (IRCC) on January 1, 2015 which manages skilled worker applications under Federal Economic programs. This includes the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program the Canada Experience Class and parts of the Provincial Nomination Programs.

Stakeholders expect to see continued high numbers of invitations issued as Canada builds towards its target of more than 400,000 new permanent residents in 2021, with a majority of draws featuring CRS scores around 470.

With the coronavirus crisis striking in March, Canada switch to program-specific draws aimed at Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Program candidates. This had the affect of significantly increasing the number of individual draws beyond previous years.

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What Can Employers Do to Recruit Foreign Workers?

Employers are encouraged to consider securing an LMIA or nomination under provincial nomination programs (PNPs) to ensure long term retention of employees.

At we provide Canadian employers with unparalleled immigration legal services and recruitment of foreign nationals through our in-house Global Recruiters of Montreal, and We bring qualified candidates to Canada in the shortest time possible. Employers in a wide range of industries can directly benefit from our unique position as one of Canada’s leading immigration firms in the industry, with a strong on-line presence, to meet both their recruitment and immigration requirements.

Interested employers wishing to seek our assistance are invited to contact us here for further information.

What Should Candidates Do Next?

It is expected that the majority of applicants to be issued ITAs in 2021 will require a CRS score around 470 points, enabling a significant number of applicants to receive permanent admission to Canada without a job offer or nomination under a provincial immigration program. However, securing an approved offer of employment is highly recommended. Watch our Facebook livestream video on how to find jobs in Canada from overseas.

We offer all our individual clients with excellent employment services as well as a 60-minute Live, Face-to-Face LinkedIn tutorial on how to find jobs in all areas of Canada.

Find out whether you qualify to Canada by completing our free online evaluation. We will provide you with your evaluation results within 1-2 business days.


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