Canada immigration update: All draws in April 2021
Posted on April 30, 2021
Canada remains the most popular country for migrate overseas.
With a streamlined immigration process and friendly welcoming policies, Canada leads among the Top-10 most-accepting countries for migrants.
Regular draws – both federal as well as provincial – have continued to be held despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Canada immigration update: All draws in March 2021
- Canada immigration update: All draws in February 2021
- Canada immigration update: All draws in January 2021
[I] Federal Draws in April 2021
A total of 5 federal Express Entry draws were held this month.
While no all-program Express Entry draws were held, the federal draws held this month alternated between inviting provincial nominees and those with Canadian experience.
By the term “provincial nominees” is implied those with a nomination through any of the provincial or territorial governments [PT] under the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP].
Those with Canadian experience, on the other hand, are those eligible for the Express Entry’s Canadian Experience Class [CEC].
|In 2020||In 2021|
|Invitations issued by date [April 29]||30,989||61,771|
Express Entry Draws held in April 2021 – 5
Total ITAs issued by IRCC in April 2021 – 17,647
|Sl. No.||Draw No.||Invited||Date of Draw||CRS cut-off||ITAs issued||For details|
|#181||CEC||April 1, 2021||CRS 432||5,000||Express Entry: 5,000 CEC candidates invited in first draw of April|
|#182||PNP||April 14, 2021||CRS 753||266||Express Entry: Second draw of April 2021 invites 266|
|#183||CEC||April 16, 2021||CRS 417||6,000||Express Entry: 6,000 receive ITAs by IRCC in latest draw|
|4||#184||PNP||April 28, 2021||CRS 717||381||Express Entry: Latest federal draw invites 381 PNP nominees|
|5||#185||CEC||April 29, 2021||CRS 400||6,000||—|
[II] Provincial Draws in April 2021
With nearly 80 Canada immigration pathways or ‘streams’ available, Canadian PNP offers a diverse range in options for those interested in taking up Canadian PR, while settling within a specific province or territory in Canada.
600 CRS points are automatically added to the ranking score of an Express Entry candidate that is able to secure a PNP nomination through any of the Express Entry linked PNP streams.
A PNP nomination is, therefore, regarded to offer an expedited pathway to Canadian permanent residence to an individual.
A provincial nomination is a guarantee of that Express Entry candidate receiving an invitation to apply in the next federal draw to be held.
It is the highest-ranked, as per the Comprehensive Ranking System or the CRS, that are issued Invitations to Apply [ITAs] by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC] in the federal draws that are held from time to time.
[A] By Quebec
1 provincial draw, also referred to as Arrima draws, was held by Quebec in the month of April 2021.
|Date of Arrima Draw||Invitations issued|
|April 29, 2021||83|
The only Canadian province that is not a part of the PNP, Quebec has its own immigration programs.
Quebec has announced announced 3 new permanent immigration pilot programs.
All of the 3 immigration pilot programs are now open and accepting applications.
|Quebec’s 3 New Permanent Immigration Pilot Programs|
|Pilot Program||Effective Date|
|For workers in food processing||From March 24, 2021 until January 1, 2026.|
|For orderlies [as per NOC 3413]||From March 31, 2021 until January 1, 2026.|
|For workers in the artificial intelligence, information technologies and visual effects sectors||From April 22, 2021 until January 1, 2026.|
Note. NOC: National Occupational Classification matrix.
[B] Provincial Nominee Program [PNP] invitations in April 2021
Number of PNP invitations issued, by province –
|PNP Province/Territory||Total invitations in January 2021||Total invitations in February 2021||Total invitations in March 2021||Total invitations in April 2021 |
|Newfoundland and Labrador||0||0||0||0|
|Nova Scotia||Not disclosed||43||Not disclosed||0|
|Prince Edward Island||211||121||150||156|
Details of the PNP draws held in April 2021 –
|Province/Territory||Category/Stream||Status||Information of draw[s]|
|Alberta||Express Entry||2 draws held||· April 20 – invitations issued: 200 |
· April 6 – invitations issued: 200
|British Columbia||Skills Immigration [SI], Express Entry BC [EEBC], Entrepreneur Immigration [EI]||8 draws held||· April 27 – invitations issued: 384 |
· April 27 – invitations issued: 14 [only to NOC 0621, NOC 0631]
· April 20 [Tech Pilot draw]: invitations issued: 90
· April 13 – invitations issued: 420
· April 13 – invitations issued: 21 [only to NOC 0621, NOC 0631]
· April 13 – invitations issued: 6 [EI – Base category]
· April 13 – invitations issued: 5 [EI – Regional Pilot]
· April 6 [Tech Pilot draw] – invitations issued: 80
|Manitoba||Skilled Workers in Manitoba, International Education Stream, Skilled Workers Overseas||3 draws held||· April 26 [EOI Draw #114]: invitations issued: 367 |
· April 19 [EOI Draw #113]: invitations issued: 399
· April 8 [EOI Draw #112: invitations issued: 243
|New Brunswick||Express Entry||No update for this month||–|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||Express Entry & Other Program||No update for this month||No invitations issued so far this year |
A new stream – Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador – launched in January 2021.
|Ontario||Human Capital Priorities [HCP] stream||1 draw||April 13 – invitations issued: 528 |
Ontario PNP has introduced an EOI system for 5 OINP streams.
|Prince Edward Island [PEI]||Labour & Express Entry, Business Work Permit||1 draw held||April 15 – invitations issued: 156|
|Saskatchewan||Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand||2 draws held||· April 22 – invitations issued: 269 |
· April 8 – invitations issued: 279
*National Occupational Classification [NOC] matrix.
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