Not getting ITA due to Program-specific Express Entry Draws? Here is what you can do

by By Rajneesh Kumar


Posted on April 21, 2021


How to get Canada PR invitation in 2021?

Express Entry system of Canada is one of the most popular immigration system among the overseas skilled professionals. It assess the applicants based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and allocate the ITA (Invitation to Apply) to the top ranking candidates.

This year, we are in to second quarter of the year, however, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has conducted only program-specific Express Entry Draws this year until now. This year, only the candidates, who had the Canadian experience or provincial nomination, received the invitation. As a result, the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) candidates, are still eagerly waiting to get the ITA (Invitation to Apply) to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency (PR).

How to get Canada PR invitation in 2021?

Although, the all-program Express Entry System draw is on the cards, and the IRCC is likely to invite the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) category candidates. However, if you wish to ensure the ITA this year and do not want to indulge in the probabilities of the draws, you must choose to apply in a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) to be nominated.

Also readWhich is the best PNP to get nomination for Canada PR?

How PNP nomination can help you get PR visa?

The Express Entry aligned stream of a Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) give you an opportunity to increase your total express entry CRS score. The nomination received from a PNP adds 600 CRS points in your CRS score, which in turn make certain that you get the invitation to apply for PR visa from IRCC.

Some most popular Canadian PNPs are:

  • Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) – Know More
  • Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) – Know More
  • Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) – Know More
  • Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) – Know More
  • Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP), etc.

How to apply in a PNP?

Every PNP has a different process has requirement. However, if you are applying in the EE stream of a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), you must have your profile registered in EE system and presence in Express entry pool. While creating profile in EE system, you must mention the preferred province as ‘All Provinces and Territories’ or select the particular province you wish to apply for PNP nomination.

The provincial program will issue the Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to apply for provincial nomination in your EE account and subsequently, you need to apply in the at PNP. Some PNPs also accept the direct applications.

To choose the most relevant PNP as per y our profile and apply for Canadian PR visa, you may contact qualified Canada immigration expert at Visas Avenue.

You may call VA Canada immigration expert on Toll-Free No. 78-18-000-777 or you can drop us an e-mail at info@visasavenue.com.


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IRCC Issued 12,600 Canada PR Invitations in September 2020- Are you Ready to Apply?

by By Rajneesh Kumar


Posted on October 7, 2020


IRCC Issued 12,600 Canada PR Invitations in September 2020

Canada is undoubtedly one of the best countries in the world for immigrants. With its incredible immigration rate, it has proved time and again that it is the most welcoming nation for the people willing to settle, work or study in Canada.

Despite the recent disruption caused by the global pandemic, Canada put its feet down and kept its immigration pathways and programs open for the interested applicants.

The Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs of Canada continued to hold the regular draws or invitation rounds to invite the Candidates.

Now, the IRCC is one by one easing the travel measure (imposed in March 2020 to control the pandemic outbreak).

In its recent update, the Canadian government is easing the travel measures for the family members of Canadians as well as for the international students.

Canada Immigration Programs in 2020

The key immigration program of Canada for skilled workers, i.e. the Federal Express Entry System started the year steadily.

Later, it gradually began to reduce the CRS Score requirement and by mid of the February 2020, the CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) Score requirement was hovering around the 470 mark, keeping the applicants interested.

However, in the month of March the Covid-19 caused interruption, forced the IRCC to hold the program specific draws for the CEC, PNP and FST class candidates.

Also ReadCanada Eases the Travel Measures for the family members of Canadian

The CRS is Dropping Again

Now, once again, the CRS score requirement is hovering around 471 mark, as the IRCC is following the declining trend.

Hence, if you are an aspirant of Canadian Permanent Residence (PR), it’s the perfect time to get your immigration file ready to apply in Express Entry System.

However, if your point score is well short of the cut off marks, you can choose and apply in the most appropriate PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) of Canada and get provincial nominee certificate.

This nominee certificate will help you get the 600 extra CRS points in your express entry account, and subsequently, you can acquire the ITA (Invitation to Apply) for Canada PR visa from IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada)

Apply Canadian PR this year with the guidance of an expert

To get the trusted advice, assistance and support to apply for Canada PR visa this you may contact us on Toll Free Number- 78-18-000-777 or you may send us an e-mail on our e-mail idinfo@visasavenue.com.


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Express Entry Draw Trend in 2020

by By Rajneesh Kumar


Posted on April 3, 2020


Express Entry Draw Trend in 2020

The unexpected Express Entry rounds in 2020 continue to surprise the Canadian PR applicants in 2020. Being one of the most popular immigration pathways to apply for Canada Permanent Residency, Express Entry manages to fetch everyone’s attention with every passing draw.

This year as well, the IRCC (Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada) has kept the draw results optimistic to ensure that more and more applicants obtain their ITAs (Invitations to Apply) and the country can meet its target set by Canada immigration level plan 2020-2022.

The last two draws surprised all the applicants as both were opened in a week’s time. The IRCC issued a humongous number of Invitations, i.e. total of 3900 ITAs in the last two consecutive Express Entry draws held on 18th March and 23rd March, respectively.

Usually, IRCC announces draws every fortnightly to EE applicants with top CRS scores to apply for a Canadian PR visa.

The IRCC also announces a minimum CRS score requirement for each draw and candidates profiles that are able to meet the qualifying scores get an ITA. However, as mentioned, the last two draws were launched within a week.

With the last two draws, the total number of ITAs issued to Express Entry candidates so far in 2020 has reached up to 22,600.

Details of Latest Express Entry Draws held so far in 2020

#Draw Date No. of ITAs Issued Minimum CRS Score Requirement
#134 08- January-2020 3,400 473
#135 22-January-2020 3,400 471
#136 05-February-2020 3,500 472
#137 19-February-2020 4,500 470
#138 04-March-2020 3,900 471
#139 18-March-2020 668 720
#140 23-March-2020 3,232 (Exclusively for Canadian Experience Class candidates) 467

Apart from the latest draws, prevalent COVID-19 outbreak is a key concern for aspiring immigrants who wish to apply or have already applied for Canada PR. People are coming up with a lot of questions about how COVID-19 may impact the Express Entry.

Here are a few questions that are frequently asked by applicants:

Will Canada issue Express Entry invitations despite the outbreak of COVID-19?

If we go by the latest draws held on March 18 and 23, it is clear that Canada is still issuing invitations to EE candidates.

Is Canada still processing the applications of EE candidates during COVID-19?

Yes. Canada is still processing PR visa applications under Express Entry and PNP, but applicants may expect a short span of delays.

I have received my ITA, but I am unable to gather documents I require because everything is closed due to COVID-19. What should I do in this case?

In this case, you don’t need to worry as the federal government has announced a few exemptions and IRCC will not refuse any application due to incompleteness. In fact, the IRCC is providing an additional 30 days to complete and submit an application along with documents, i.e. now you have a total 90 days time.

Is there a chance of CRS score cut-off getting impacted due to the COVID-19 situation?

Amidst this public health crisis, the main concern of Canada is to provide factual information. There is no statement issued by the government regarding any possible impact of the COVID-19 on the CRS score cut-off.

The below table can better display the score distribution of EE candidates in past draws held in 2020:

Date Minimum CRS Score Requirement
08- January-2020 473
22-January-2020 471
05-February-2020 472
19-February-2020 470
04-March-2020 471
18-March-2020 720
23-March-2020 467

 It’s time to think about how to go with your application process to obtain PR approval in 2020

If you are willing to migrate to Canada in 2020, then you must be happy to know that the doors are always open for skilled and talented individuals. At Visas Avenue, we can help you find the right pathway to reach that door and become a permanent resident of Canada in a hassle-free manner.

You may connect with our team at Toll-Free No. 78-18-000-777 or can fill out our free assessment form to get a call back from our advisors to discuss the right immigration program.


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