Express Entry invites 381 PNP candidates with lowest CRS score this year
Canada invited 381 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on April 28.
Candidates needed to have previously received a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in order to get an invitation. As well, candidates needed to meet the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 717 points.
The cutoff score of 717 is because PNP candidates automatically receive 600 points added to their CRS score when they get the provincial nomination. This means that candidates only needed a previous CRS score of 117 points without the nomination. The CRS requirement was 36 points lower than the previous PNP-only draw which makes it the lowest score requirement of any PNP-only draw held so far in 2021.
As per the tie-break rule, candidates who had the minimum score of 717 were only invited if they submitted their Express Entry profile before March 16, 2021 at 21:20:50 UTC. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) releases the cutoff time as an administrative requirement, regardless of whether there was an actual tie.
Canada has invited 55,771 Express Entry candidates so far this year. On this day last year, Canada had only invited 30,400 Express Entry candidates.
Since the beginning of 2021, IRCC has only held Express Entry draws that target candidates who are likely already in Canada. PNP candidates often need work or study experience in Canada to get a nomination. Because of this, these candidates have a high probability that they are already in the country.