July 22 Express Entry Draws invites 557 PNP candidates for Canada PR


Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in its 9th PNP-specific draw in 2020 issued 557 Invitations To Apply (ITAs) exclusively to candidates with a provincial nomination. 

July 22 Express Entry draw required the eligible candidates to have a qualifying Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 687 points. This also marks the lowest CRS requirement for any PNP-specific draw held this year.  

Since the start of the year, Canada’s Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs) are actively targeting eligible candidates who could meet the provinces’ specific labour demands. Such candidates received provincial nominations from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and British Columbia. Receiving a provincial nomination is a step closer to apply for permanent residence in Canada which was fulfilled in the latest Express Entry draw. 

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An inherent advantage for candidates with a provincial nomination to be considered for Canada PR under the Express Entry system is the addition of 600 points to their overall CRS. It effectively meant that only 87 points were required on the human capital front to qualify for ITA in the latest draw. Such human capital factors include age, education qualification, work experience, proficiency in English or French, spouse’s adaptability etc. 

Tie-break rule was applied by IRCC with timestamp recording November 11, 2019, at 08:51:21 UTC. It effectively means that candidates with a CRS score equal to or above 687 and who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before the selected date and time, were only eligible to receive an ITA in this invitation round.


Program-specific Express Entry draws held in 2020

Candidates who receive ITA for permanent residence in Canada under the CEC program are required to have prior one-year work experience in Canada. Candidates who apply for Express Entry having a provincial nomination may seek upto an additional 600 points on their overall CRS. It shall effectively make them eligible to receive an ITA for Canada PR in the subsequent Express Entry draw.  


Draw Number Date Number of ITAs issues Minimum CRS
156 July 22 557 687 (PNP-specific)
154 June 25 3508 431 (CEC-specific)
153 June 24 392 696 (PNP-specific)
152 June 11 3551 437 (CEC-specific)
151 June 10 341 743 (PNP-specific)
150 May 28 3515 440 (CEC-specific)
149 May 27 385 757 (PNP-specific)
148 May 15 3371 447 (CEC-specific)
147 May 13 529 718 (PNP-specific)
146 May 1 3311 452 (CEC-specific)
145 April 29 589 692 (PNP-specific)
144 April 16 3782 455 (CEC-specific)
143 April 15 118 808 (PNP-specific)
142 April 9 3294 464 (CEC-specific)
141 April 9 606 698 (PNP-specific)
140 March 23 3232 467 (CEC-specific)
139 March 18 668 720 (PNP-specific)


All-program Express Entry draws held in 2020

Earlier this July, IRCC resumed the popular all-program Express Entry draws after a gap of four months. 3900 candidates having minimum CRS requirement of 478 points were invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada. It also meant that candidates under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federal Skills Trades Program (FSTP) were considered. Usually, such candidates do not find a place in the program-specific draws. 


While a candidate need not have a job offer to apply, those having one are awarded additional points under CRS. 


Draw Number Date Number of ITAs issues Minimum CRS
155 July 8 3900 478
138 March 4 3900 471
137 February 19 4500 470
136 February 5 3500 472
135 January 22 3400 471
134 January 8 3400 473


Despite the current travel restrictions to Canada, IRCC is determined to achieve its Express Entry target of 85,800 ITAs in 2020. The latest draw results pushed the tally to 54,357 ITAs issued so far this year, compared with 45,400 at this time in 2019. 

CanApprove predicts a bright prospect for candidates willing to immigrate to Canada. Get in touch with our immigration consultants to know your eligibility and various options for immigration to Canada.

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