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A record 1,082 PNP candidates received invitations to apply for Canada PR in new Express Entry Draw

Express Entry Draw #216– February 16, 2022

A record 1,082 PNP candidates received invitations to apply for Canada PR in new Express Entry Draw

Canada invited a record number of Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates to apply for permanent residency in new Express Entry Draw on February 16, 2022.

A total of 1,082 Express Entry candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 710 received Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in the new invitation round.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) restricted the draw for only those candidates, who previously obtained a nomination from an Express Entry-aligned PNP.

Express Entry candidates, who successfully receive a provincial nomination, automatically get 600 additional points toward their overall CRS score.  This is the reason that CRS cut-off score for PNP-specific draws is usually high.

IRCC applied the tie-breaking rule and the time-stamp used was October 07, 2021 at 11:36:55 UTC. This means the PNP candidates who had a CRS score of 710 or more and had submitted their Express Entry profile before this time and date, received an ITA in this round of invitations.

Canada Express Entry System

The Express Entry system is Canada’s primary source of skilled foreign workers. It manages the profiles of candidates under three Federal High Skilled economic class immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FST) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Eligible candidates enter the Express Entry pool, where they are issued a CRS score based on their age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French, among other factors.  A set number of highest-ranked candidates are then invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the pool.

Since September 2021, IRCC has only been holding PNP-specific draws as these candidates are highly likely to be in Canada already.

Canada’s Immigration Minister Sean Fraser recently stated that IRCC would resume Express Entry draws for federal skilled workers “in the near term”.

He further added that he was looking into how to make the Express Entry system more flexible to respond to short-term needs including welcoming people into smaller communities and sectors that are in high demand.

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