Canada immigration update: All draws in January 2021
Posted on February 2, 2021
As per the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan of Canada, more than 4 lakh immigrants are to be welcomed by Canada annually.
Of the 401,000 overall planned permanent resident admissions in 2021, a majority – that is, 108,500 – are to be federal skilled that are to be inducted via the federal Express Entry system.
Quebec, on the other hand, will be welcoming around 47,500 newcomers in 2021.
In January 2021, regular draws – provincial as well as federal – were held throughout the month. The province of Quebec too held an Arrima draw towards the end of the month.
[I] Federal Draws in January 2021
A total of 4 Express Entry draws were held by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC] in January 2021.
No all-program Express Entry draw was held this month.
IRCC held program-specific draws instead, alternating between those with a provincial nomination through any of the Express Entry linked PNP streams and those with Canadian experience [that is, eligible for the Canadian Experience Class or CEC].
Express Entry Draws held in January 2021 – 4
Total ITAs issued by IRCC in January 2021 – 10,000
|Sl. No.||Draw No.||Invited||Date of Draw||CRS cut-off||ITAs issued||For details|
|1||#171||PNP||January 6, 2021||CRS 813||250||Canada holds first Express Entry draw of 2021|
|2||#172||CEC||January 7, 2021||CRS 461||4,750||Express Entry: 4,750 invited with Canadian experience|
|3||#173||PNP||January 20, 2021||CRS 741||374||Express Entry: 374 invited with a PNP nomination|
|4||#174||CEC||January 21, 2021||CRS 454||4,626||Canada holds second Express Entry draw within 2 days|
[II] Provincial Draws in January 2021
Each of the provincial pathways to Canada PR specifically targets a specific class of immigrants.
As per IRCC, the PNP is for workers that have –
Provinces and territories that operate a PNP can nominate individuals through either –  paper-based application process for ‘base’ nominations, or  electronic application [e-application] process for Express Entry linked ‘enhanced’ nominations.
A provincial nomination fetches an Express Entry candidate 600 additional points towards their Comprehensive Ranking System [CRS] score. Hence, a PNP nomination is a guarantee of the individual being invited to apply for Canada PR in the subsequent Express Entry draw.
[II] Provincial invitations
[A] By Quebec
Quebec has invited a total of 95 immigration candidates in Arrima draw held on January 26, 2021. This is the 14th Arrima draw to be held by Quebec.
|Date of Arrima draw||Total invitations issued|
|January 26, 2021||95|
Quebec is the only Canadian province that is not a part of the PNP of Canada.
[B] Provincial Nominee Program [PNP] invitations in January 2021
Number of PNP invitations issued, by province –
|PNP Province/Territory||Total invitations in January 2021|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||0|
|Nova Scotia||Not disclosed|
|Prince Edward Island||211|
Details of the provincial draws held in January 2021 –
|PROVINCE / TERRITORY||CATEGORY / STREAM||STATUS||DRAW INFORMATION|
|Alberta||Express Entry||2 draw held|| |
|British Columbia||Skills Immigration, Express Entry BC||4 draws held|
|Manitoba||Skilled Workers in Manitoba, International Education Stream, Skilled Workers Overseas||2 draws held|
|New Brunswick||Express Entry||No update for this month||Postponed|
|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.|
|Nova Scotia||Express Entry||1 draw held||January 19 [NOC 1114 invited] – invitations issued: not disclosed|
|Ontario||Skilled Trades Stream, French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream||1 draw held||January 13 – total invitations: 484|
|Prince Edward Island||Labour & Express Entry, Business Work Permit||1 draw held in December||January 21 – total invitations: 211|
|Saskatchewan||Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand||2 draws held in December|
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