In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Canadian government has continued to accept permanent and temporary visa applications. This was evident in the latest Express Entry draw, which took place on March 18, when the Canadian government decided to exclusively invite Provincial Nominee applicants with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 720.
Although the minimum CRS or PR points, is significantly higher than the last Express Entry draw, which took place on March 4, applicants could easily make the cut because they had provincial nominations. The previous a minimum CRS score was 471, but considering that a Provincial Nomination (PN) is worth 600 extra points, gaining the additional PR points was well within reach.
668 Express Entry Candidates that applied through a Provincial Nominee Program linked to Express Entry streams were given precedence in this draw. This could be attributed to the fact that provinces and territories had already accepted these applicants.
The latest Express Entry draw brings the total amount of ITAs issued for permanent residence to 19,368 so far this year. This draw was certainly comforting to visa applicants as it shows that the Canadian Government is confident in their efforts to maintain their goal of inviting 1 million skilled workers to Canada by 2022, despite the special measures put in place to help “flatten the curve” regarding the current COVID-19 crisis.
Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, has continued to show his support for the Canadian people, despite being in self-quarantine. In his latest speech, he announced that he would be implementing an $82 billion Economic Response Plan in support of every Canadian citizen, permanent resident and their families as well as all businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
As the Canadian government continues to process visa applications, it is important to note that delays in processing times can be expected due to the measures put in place by the Canadian government regarding a limited number of IRCC staff members currently processing visa applications.
Why Express Entry-Linked Provincial Nominee Streams are Your Best Chance at Receiving a PN
The Express Entry system is certainly the most popular way to apply for permanent residence in Canada but is not necessarily the best option for all applicants.
The Express Entry system is predominantly aimed at highly skilled workers who would like to live and work in Canada. In order to be deemed eligible for this system, you would need to qualify for one of the following immigration programs:
- The Federal Skilled Worker Program;
- The Federal Skilled Trade Program; and
- The Canadian Experience Class
What most people are not aware of is that almost every Provincial Nominee Program has at least one Express Entry linked stream that allows provinces and territories to select your profile from the draw pool. If you are selected, you will receive a Provincial Nomination (PN) which is worth 600 extra CRS or PR points!
Express Entry profiles are ranked according to factors such as your age, education and language skills. Taking the latest draw into account, which had a minimum CRS score of 720, having a PN worth 600 extra PR points meant that you would only need an additional 120 points to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada.
Considering that you could earn up to 100/110 point for your age, 140/150 pint for educational qualifications and 150/160 points for being proficient in either English or French, those who decided not to withdraw their application from the draw pool and had expressed interest in a particular province or territory, had an automatic advantage of those who did not.
For example, Sophia is a 33-year-old nurse, with a high proficiency in English and French, a bachelor's degree and 8 years of work experience, and wants to immigrate to Canada with her family. She created an Express Entry profile and applied as the principal applicant. In Nova Scotia, nurses are in high demand. She chose to express interest in the province when she created her Express Entry profile.
She received 80 CRS points alone for her age and received a PN from Nova Scotia which was worth 600 points. Her high level of English and French, as well as her educational qualifications and work experience, her score was pushed over the minimum CRS cut off score to 910 points, guaranteeing Sophia and her family a chance to start their new life in Canada once she accepts her invitation to apply for permanent residence.
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