Express Entry invites 500 PNP candidates and dropped CRS score requirement
Canada invited 500 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on May 26.
To be eligible in this draw, candidates needed to have previously received a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). In addition, candidates needed to meet the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement of 713. Since PNP candidates automatically receive 600 points with their nomination, the lowest scoring candidate would have had a score of 113.
Compared to the previous PNP-only draw, Canada dropped the CRS score requirement by 39 points and invited 55 fewer candidates.
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) published a cutoff time for the tie-break rule as an administrative requirement, regardless of whether there was an actual tie. Candidates who had the minimum score only received an invitation if they submitted their Express Entry profile before April 6, 2021 at 09:50:14 UTC.
So far in 2021, IRCC has invited 68,817 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence. This time last year, IRCC had only invited 38,200 Express Entry candidates.
Express Entry is a points-based application management system. Some PNPs use the Express Entry system to find candidates who may be good candidates to receive a provincial nomination.
Candidates who are eligible for Express Entry, are evaluated and given a score based on the CRS. Points are based on factors such as work experience, level of education, age, language skills, among other factors.
The highest-scoring candidates then receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.