First Express Entry Draw #177 – February 13, 2021

On February 13, 2021. Immigration Refugees Citizenship Canada’s (IRCCs) held draw #177. This was a Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Program only draw, which invited 27,332 candidates, with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of only 75.

CRS Score Distribution as of February 8, 2021

As of February 8th, 2021, there are 152,714 express entry applicants in the pool. Currently, there are 26,177 candidates with scores of 451-500 and 47,731 with scores of 401-450. In 2021, IRCC has committed to welcoming 401,000 new immigrants and of those, 108,500 will be through Express Entry

What is Express Entry?

The Express Entry System is an online application management system that aims to ensure faster processing and better economic outcomes for permanent residence to Canada under both federal and certain provincial programs. If you receive a PNP invitation, an additional 600 points will be added to your express entry profile.

Eligibility for Express Entry

In order to be eligible for one of the Express Entry programs, you must check whether you meet the requirements based on several selection factors. You must score a minimum of 67 points out of a possible 100.

The factors include:

  1. Education
  2. Age
  3. Work Experience
  4. Language Proficiency
  5. Family Members in Canada
  6. Job Offer in Canada

Once you are deemed eligible to apply, you may submit your online express entry profile. Once you create your profile, you will be put into a pool with other express entry candidates. In order be chosen from the pool and receive an invitation to apply, you need to have one of the highest-ranking scores. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is the points-based system uses to score your profile. Your CRS score will be based on the points you receive in specific criteria. If you are invited, you can apply for permanent residence.

How to Increase Your Points

Applicants who have less than competitive may increase their points through a job offer. Although a job offer in Canada may be difficult for a foreign worker, there are many skilled occupations that currently have a labour shortage in Canada.

In addition, francophone speakers have an added advantage to earn extra points on their CRS score. In addition, as of October 27th, French speaking candidates are now awarded an additional 25 points and if you are bilingual, you are eligible for an additional 50 points. In addition, several provinces have pathways specifically targeting French speakers with either increased points, or specific targeted draws such as Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and Ontario.

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