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Canada immigration update: All IRCC Express Entry draws in November 2021

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With a standard processing time of within six months, Canada’s Express Entry is the most sought-after immigration programs worldwide.

Express Entry, an online application management system of the federal government of Canada, facilitates the selection of individuals with the most potential of succeeding in Canada.

The Express Entry system provides the Government of Canada with the means to manage the intake of Canadian permanent residence applications under key economic immigration programs.

Canada’s Express Entry comes under the purview of the department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

What Canada immigration programs come under Express Entry? 
[1] Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP): For skilled workers with overseas work experience.
[2] Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP): For skilled workers qualified in a skilled trade.
[3] Canadian Experience Class (CEC): For skilled workers with Canadian work experience.
[-] Some streams under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) are linked with IRCC Express Entry.

Express Entry programs – A Basic Comparative

Immigration Program Eligibility Criteria
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) Language skills CLB 7 in English or French


Test results accepted by IRCC –

For English

·         IELTS General Training

·         CELPIP General

IELTS equivalence to CLB 7

–        IELTS: Reading 6.0

–        IELTS: Writing 6.0

–        IELTS: Listening 6.0

–        IELTS: Speaking 6.0

CELPIP equivalence to CLB 7

–        CELPIP: Reading 7

–        CELPIP: Writing 7

–        CELPIP: Listening 7

–        CELPIP: Speaking 7 

For French

·         TEF Canada

·         TCF Canada

Work experience Work experience – in Canada or abroad – in any one of the following job groups as per the NOC:

·         Skill Type 0 (zero): management jobs

·         Skill Level A: Professional jobs

·         Skill Level B: Technical jobs

Amount of work experience One year of continuous work experience within the last 10 years in your primary occupation
Job offer Not required, but you get points for a job offer in Canada

How many points for arranged employment in Canada?

·         10 points on the 67-point eligibility calculation

·         200 points under Additional Points on CRS calculation

Education Secondary education needed, more points for post-secondary education.

For example, a BA is worth 21 points on the 67-point eligibility calculation

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) Language skills English or French skills, as per the IRCC-accepted language tests.

The language requirement will be as per the four abilities assessed in a test –

·         For speaking and listening: CLB 5

·         For reading and writing: CLB 4

Work experience Work experience – in Canada or abroad – in a skilled trade under key groups of NOC Skill Level B: technical jobs
Amount of work experience Two years within the previous five years
Job offer Any of the following –

·         A Certificate of Qualification in that specific skilled trade issued by an a federal, provincial or territorial authority in Canada, OR

·         A valid job offer for full-time employment for a minimum of one year

Education Not required
Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Language skills English or French skills, as per the IRCC-accepted language tests.

The language requirement will be as per the NOC –

·         If NOC is Skill Type 0 (managerial jobs) or Skill Level A (professional jobs): CLB 7

·         If NOC is Skill Level B (technical jobs): CLB 5

Work experience Canadian work experience in any one of the following NOCs –

·         Skill Type 0 (zero): management jobs

·         Skill Level A: Professional jobs

·         Skill Level B: Technical jobs

Amount of work experience One year in Canada within the previous three years
Job offer Not required
Education Not required

Note. CLB: Canadian languages Benchmark, IELTS: International English Language Testing System, CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program, TEF: Test d’évaluation de français, TCF: Test de connaissance du français, NOC: National Classification Code, CRS: Comprehensive Ranking System.

Do note that IELTS Academic and CELPIP General-LS are not accepted for the purposes of Canada immigration through the Express Entry system.

What is the basic stepwise process for applying for Canada PR through IRCC Express Entry?

STEP 1: Check eligibility

STEP 2: Documentation

STEP 3: Express Entry profile creation

STEP 4: Receive an ITA from IRCC

STEP 5: Apply for Canada PR within 60 days

STEP 1: Check eligibility, at least 67 points to be scored on the 100-point grid.

Factors assessed –

[1] language skills: maximum points 28,

[2] education: maximum points 25,

[3] work experience: maximum points 15,

[4] age: maximum points 12,

[5] arranged employment in Canada: maximum points 10, and

[6] adaptability: maximum points 10.

STEP 2: Getting your required documentation together.

While you don’t need to upload any documents at the time of profile submission, you might need to enter information from certain documents.

Documents needed for the creation of an Express Entry profile with IRCC –

STEP 3: Submit your profile

If eligible, your profile will be entered into the IRCC pool of Canada immigration hopefuls.

Profiles in the IRCC pool are ranked on a 1,200-point matrix, referred to as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The score allotted will be the CRS score of that Express Entry candidate.

The higher your CRS score, the better are your chances of being invited by IRCC to apply for Canada PR through Express Entry.

Do keep in mind that you cannot submit your application for permanent residence through Express Entry unless specifically invited by IRCC to do so.

STEP 4: Receive an invitation to Apply (ITA) by IRCC

IRCC sends out ITAs to the highest-ranked candidates in the IRCC draws held from time to time. 60 days will be given for application submission.

As on November 30, 2021, a total of 112,653 ITAs had been issued by IRCC so far in 2021.

STEP 5: Apply for Canadian permanent residence

Those invited to apply will have to upload copies of the documents that they had used to create their IRCC profile.

Generally, the following documents will have to be uploaded, among others –

As per IRCC, “We’ll process most complete applications that have all the supporting documents in 6 months or less.”




Here, we shall be seeing the total number of invitations issued by IRCC in November 2021.

Two IRCC draws were held in November 2021. Both of the draws targeted provincial nominees, that is, Express Entry candidates that had a provincial nomination.

  In 2020 In 2021
Invitations issued by date [November 30] 92,350 112,653

Express Entry Draws held in November 2021 – 2

Total ITAs issued by IRCC in November 2021 – 1,388

Sl. No. Draw No. Date of Draw Immigration Program Invitations issued  CRS points cut-off
 1 #210 November 24, 2021 PNP 613 CRS 737
 2 #209 November 10, 2021 PNP 775 CRS 685
Note. A PNP nomination = 600 CRS points under Factor D: Additional Points on CRS calculation criteria.

As per IRCC’s Express Entry Year-End Report 2019, “In 2019, 332,331 Express Entry profiles were submitted through the system, which represents an increase of nearly 20% from 2018 and more than 30% since 2017.”

For 2022, Canada has an annual immigrations target of 411,000 permanent residents. Of these, 110,500 will get Canada PR in 2022 as Express Entry federal skilled workers.

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