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Express Entry: 284 PNP candidates invited in 4th draw of March

Express entry CEC Draw, March 31-

In the latest round of invitations – Express Entry Draw #180 held on March 31, 2021 at 11:21:22 UTC– another 284 Canada immigration candidates have been invited by the federal government of Canada.

Those invited can now proceed to applying to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC] for their permanent residence in Canada.

Continuing with the trend of targeting candidates that were more likely to already be within Canada, as per IRCC, “Candidates from the Provincial Nominee Program were eligible for this round of invitations”.

Of the 10 provinces and 3 territories that together make up Canada, 9 provinces [with the exception of Quebec] and 2 territories [with the exception of Nunavut] are a part of Canada PNP.

While Quebec has its own immigration program under the Canada-Quebec Accord, Nunavut has no immigration program for the induction of newcomers into the territory.

An Overview of Express Entry Draw #180
Date and Time of round March 31, 2021 at 11:21:22 UTC
Number of invitations issued 284
Candidate invited from Provincial Nominee Program [PNP]
Minimum CRS cut-off CRS 778

[PNP nomination = 600 CRS points]

Tie-breaking rule applied March 16, 2021 at 16:09:32 UTC
Invitations issued by date [March 31] 22,600 [in 2020] | 44,124 [in 2021]

Note.- CRS: Comprehensive Ranking System.

As this was a PNP-specific Express Entry draw, the CRS was on the higher side.

A PNP nomination on its own fetches 600 CRS points, thereby guaranteeing an invitation by IRCC.

As on March 29, 2021, there were 165,476profiles in the IRCC Express Entry pool of candidates.

Applying for Canadian permanent residence is by invitation only. It is the highest-ranking Express Entry profiles – based on their CRS scores – that are issued Invitations to Apply [ITAs] by IRCC.

With the tie-breaking rule applied to the latest Express Entry draw by IRCC, all those Express Entry candidates that were provincial nominees and had a CRS of 778 and above received invitations, provided they had entered their profiles into the pool of candidates before March 16, 2021 at 16:09:32 UTC.

The tie-breaking rule by IRCC is only applicable to profiles that had the minimum required CRS cut-off.

According to IRCC, “If more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles”.

Put simply, if more than 1 Express Entry profiles has the minimum CRS required, precedence will be given to profiles created earlier as compared to those created at a later date.

This is the 10th draw to be held by IRCC so far in 2021. With the latest draw, a total of 44,124 have been invited so far this year to apply for their Canada PR.

The Express Entry admissions target for 2021 stands at 108,500.

Express Entry Draws in 2021

 

Total draws so far: 10

ITAs issued so far: 44,124

Sl. No. Draw No. Invited Date of Draw Time of Draw CRS cut-off ITAs issued Tie-breaking rule applied For details
1 #171 PNP January 6, 2021 14:39:02 UTC CRS 813 250 November 2, 2020 at 11:11:52 UTC Canada holds first Express Entry draw of 2021
2 #172 CEC January 7, 2021 14:15:32 UTC CRS 461 4,750 September 12, 2020 at 20:46:32 UTC Express Entry: 4,750 invited with Canadian experience
3 #173 PNP January 20, 2021 14:13:12 UTC CRS 741 374 September 5, 2020 at 19:39:04 UTC Express Entry: 374 invited with a PNP nomination
4 #174 CEC January 21, 2021 14:22:20 UTC CRS 454 4,626 July 23, 2020 at 17:32:00 UTC Canada holds second Express Entry draw within 2 days
5 #175 PNP February 10, 2021 14:31:18 UTC CRS 720 654 August 14, 2020 at 06:51:00 UTC Express Entry: 654 PNP candidates invited in the latest draw
6 #176 CEC February 13, 2021 11:56:56 UTC CRS 75 27,332 September 12, 2020 at 15:31:40 UTC Express Entry: A historic 27,332 invited in a single draw
7 #177 PNP March 08, 2021 13:53:21 UTC CRS 739 671 February 16, 2021 at 19:10:25 UTC Canada invites 671 PNP candidates in latest EE draw
8 #178 PNP March 17, 2021 11:49:48 UTC CRS 682 183 March 04, 2021 at 16:56:20 UTC Express Entry: 183 ITAs issued in latest draw by IRCC
9 #179 CEC March 18, 2021 11:30:56 UTC CRS 449 5,000 February 19, 2021 at 15:59:57 UTC Express Entry: Another draw held in 2 days, CEC invited
10 #180 PNP March 31, 2021 11:21:22 UTC CRS 778 284 March 16, 2021 at 16:09:32 UTC

Note. PNP: Provincial Nominee Program, CEC: Canadian Experience Class [CEC].

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