Express Entry invites 462 PNP candidates in new draw
Canada held a new Express Entry draw for PNP candidates and invited 462 to apply for permanent residence on July 21.
All invited candidates had previously received a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
Candidates who received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 734. The CRS cut-off score is quite high because provincial nominees in the Express Entry pool receive 600 points added to their score. Without their provincial nomination, the lowest-scoring candidate would have a CRS score of 134 points.
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) published the cut-off time for the tie-break rule. The IRCC must publish the time as an administrative requirement, even if there was no tie. Candidates who had the minimum score only received an ITA if they submitted their Express Entry profile before April 11, 2021, at 10:56:32 UTC.
So far in 2021, Canada has invited 94,304 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence. This is almost twice as many invitations sent compared to the same time last year. In 2020 at this time, Canada has only issued 53,800 invitations to Express Entry immigration candidates.
Throughout the pandemic, IRCC has been holding PNP- and Canadian Experience Class (CEC)-only draws. This is because it is more likely that these candidates are already living in Canada. As well, it is unlikely that these candidates would be disrupted by public health measures such as travel restrictions.
Canada set a target to welcome 401,000 new immigrants to Canada in 2021. About a quarter of these are allotted to come through the Express Entry system.