Canada Express Entry: 746 PNP Candidates Invited to Apply for Canada PR

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Yet another Canada Express Entry draw targets PNP-only immigration candidates to apply for Canada PR.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its eighth PNP-specific Canada Express Entry draw on December 22. It targeted only domestic temporary workers or skilled foreign workers with prior provincial nominations.

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The 25th PNP-specific Canada Express Entry draw this year resulted in 746 invitations to apply for Canada PR. The cut-off score for this Express Entry draw increased to 720 points, still in the lower range.

Canada Express Entry draws have already resulted in 114,431 invitations to apply for Canada PR in 2021.

Express Entry draws for Canada PR reinvented itself right after the pandemic. IRCC is focussing on inviting temporary residents to apply for Canada PR. Such candidates either qualified under Canada Experience Class or under any one of the Provincial Nominee Programs.

All the invited candidates in Canada Express Entry PNP-draw have demonstrated their connection to a province or territory. It is through familial ties, work experience, or study experience in that province or territory. In order to qualify for the CEC program, temporary skilled workers or recent international graduates must have had at least one year of work experience in Canada.

Annual Report for Canada Express Entry in 2020 is out.

A departure from the previous Canada Express Entry draws is noticed. IRCC says 42% of invitations in 2020 went to candidates who had Canadian education, up from 28% in 2019.

So, should you plan your higher studies in Canada to easily qualify for Canada PR?

Click here to read our analysis.

History of Canada Express Entry Draws

Canada Express Entry has held only 39 PNP-only draws since its launch in 2015.

Generally, the draw size is limited to less than a thousand invitations to apply for Canada PR. However, this draw became an exception.


Decreased Draw Size 746 invitations to apply for Canada PR.

The last draw had the largest draw size in the history of Canada Express Entry PNP-only draws.

Increased Express Entry Cut-off The minimum CRS score required was 720.

Adding 600 points to their base human capital score, candidates effectively required only 98 points to qualify.

Tie-break rule applied? IRCC applies the tie-break rule to avoid disputes in the rankings. This is particularly helpful in cases where two or more candidates end up with the same CRS score.

No tie-break rule was applied.

Off-late, IRCC is giving undue preference to PNP candidates. It is aiming to support and realize the immigration goals of the provinces and territories that otherwise would have failed.

Immigration aspirants choose Canada because of its direct permanent residence pathway. A PR invitation through the provincial nomination route is not a direct pathway, however, will secure your chances of Canada PR. It is through the addition of 600 points for provincial nomination towards their Express Entry profile CRS score.

Apply for Canada PR with Provincial Nomination

Any prospective candidate who seeks to obtain permanent residence in Canada must register on Canada Express Entry online portal.

All the registered profiles are then assessed and ranked based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

Such profiles are evaluated on a total of 1200 points. Their human capital like

  • age,
  • education,
  • work experience outside Canada,
  • language proficiency in English/French,
  • spouse adaptability,
  • Canadian study experience, etc. are considered for evaluation purposes.
Aseema Ashraf is a working health professional with more than 6 years of experience. She entered the Express Entry pool with a CRS score of just 150 points. She had also submitted her profile to the Canadian province of Manitoba. 

Also, Ms Ashraf never worked or studied in Canada. 

Aseemaa Ashraf was soon invited to apply for a provincial nomination. This made her CRS score rise to 750. This is sufficient to receive ITA in this Express Entry draw. 

IRCC is looking to clear previous Express Entry backlogs to resume fresh Canada PR applications under FSWP and CEC programs soon.

And to sum it up, experts are of the view that the immigration levels in Canada will only increase in the coming years. Canada is aiming to admit more than 110,500 Express Entry candidates in 2022.

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