Biggest PNP-only Express Entry Draw Held by IRCC

Express Entry draw 191

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held a new Express Entry nomination draw to apply for permanent residency on June 9. 

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Canada seemingly continued with its practice of holding alternate PNP-only & CEC-only nomination draws. This is the 191st Express Entry draw which targeted only candidates with prior provincial nominations. A summary of the nomination draw is as below: 

  1. Biggest Draw Size: A whooping 940 candidates with provincial nominations received an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residency in this draw. 

The number of ITAs issued is about 440 more than the previous PNP-only draw for Canada PR. 

All the invited candidates have already demonstrated their connection to a province or territory and experience to succeed in the labor market by securing a provincial nomination. Further, they may qualify to receive invitations for permanent residency through the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, or Canadian Experience Class. 

  1. Higher Qualifying Score: Any prospective candidates that seek to register their profile for consideration under the Express Entry system shall be assessed and ranked based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). 

Such profiles are evaluated on a total of 1200 points and considers human capital factors like age, education, work experience outside Canada, language proficiency in English/French, spouse adaptability, Canadian study experience, etc. Those who receive provincial nominations through ‘enhanced’ PNP streams will get an additional 600 points towards their CRS score. 

The 191st Express Entry draw required candidates to have a higher qualifying CRS score of 711. This is more so because of the additional 600 points getting added to their overall CRS score. In effect, candidates would only be required to score 111 points. 

  1. Tie-Break Rule: IRCC applies a tie-break rule to avoid disputes in the rankings in the case where two or more candidates are awarded the same CRS score. This draw invited candidates who had a minimum score of 711 and only if they submitted their Express Entry profile before February 16, 2021, at 09:06:30 UTC.
Further, let us understand who were eligible in this draw with the help of a hypothetical example: 

Riyaz has never worked or studied in Canada. He is 34 years old and a graduate holding a bachelor’s degree. He has cumulative work experience in the social services sector for six years. His language proficiency scores are 7.5 in listening and 6.5 in every other ability. 

Riyaz entered the Express Entry pool with a CRS score of 333. He was then invited to apply for a provincial nomination by a certain Canadian province which increased his CRS score to 933. Now, he is eligible to receive ITA for Canada PR in this draw. 

Express Entry in 2021

IRCC has regularly held Express Entry draws in 2021. Only program-specific draws linked to either Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) or Canada Experience Class (CEC) have been held so far, thereby ignoring the candidates who qualified under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). This may be largely due to the COVID-related travel restrictions internationally. 

FSWP candidates are mostly foreign skilled workers who do not have work experience inside Canada and do not hold a job offer in Canada. However, they may qualify for permanent residency based on their age, language proficiency, education, and relevant work experience abroad. 

Canada is set to welcome 108,500 new immigrants through Express Entry-managed programs in 2021 alone. So far, more than half, 75,713 Express Entry candidates have been already invited to apply for permanent residency. 

Click here to get a quick review of nomination draws in the months of January, February, March, April 2021 and May 2021.  

Take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility for permanent residency. 

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