Express Entry invited 284 PNP candidates in recent draw
Canada held an Express Entry draw inviting 284 new immigrants to apply for permanent residence on March 31.
Invited candidates needed to have a nomination from one of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA). The selected candidates needed to meet the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off score of 778.
Since PNP candidates automatically get 600 additional points to their CRS score once they receive a provincial nomination, candidates would have needed to have a CRS score of 178 without the PNP.
Candidates who had the minimum score of 778 were only included if they met the tie-break rule. For this draw, candidates needed to have submitted their Express Entry profile before March 16, 2021 at 09:09:32 PST. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) publishes the tie-break rule cut off time as an administrative requirement, regardless of whether there was an actual tie.
Canada has issued 44,124 invitations to Express Entry candidates so far in 2021. On this date last year, that number was 22,600.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the travel restrictions, IRCC has been holding program-specific draws that target candidates who are likely already in Canada.
Since the starts of 2021, IRCC has been holding PNP- and Canadian Experience Class (CEC)-specific draws.
The CRS requirement typically goes down for CEC draws because it is based on how many eligible candidates are in the pool, and how many invitations IRCC issues. Since there are no Foreign Skilled Worker Program candidates competing for invitations in the CEC draws, there is more space for lower-scoring candidates to be invited.