Express Entry invites 940 candidates in biggest PNP-only draw ever
Canada invited 940 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on June 9.
All invited candidates had previously received a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
Candidates needed to meet the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off score of 711 to receive an invitation. The CRS score is high because all PNP candidates in the Express Entry pool automatically receive 600 points that is added to their previous score. This means that without the nomination, the lowest-scoring candidates would have needed a CRS score of 111.
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) published a cut-off time for the tie-break rule, as per administrative requirements. IRCC published the cut-off time regardless of whether there was an actual tie or not. Candidates who had the minimum score requirement only received an invitation if they submitted their Express Entry profile before February 16, 2021, at 9:06:30 UTC.
This draw invited almost double the number of invites of the previous PNP-only draw and the cutoff dropped 2 points. The previous PNP-only draw invited 500 immigration candidates.
So far in 2021, Canada has issued 75,713 invitations; this time last year, Canada had only issued 42,100 invitations.
People who are interested in immigrating to Canada through the Express Entry system need to check their eligibility for one of the Federal High Skilled Programs. Then candidates should register an account and be placed in the pool. Candidates will be given a CRS score based off various human capital factors.
PNPs also invite candidates from the Express Entry pool, giving candidates the opportunity to get bumped to the top of the pool.