Canada Express Entry: 392 PNP Candidates Invited to Apply for Canada PR

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Immigration. Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held another PNP-specific Canada Express Entry draw on January 05. It resulted in 392 invitations to apply for Canada PR. This Express Entry draw targeted domestic temporary workers or skilled foreign workers with prior provincial nominations.

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The first Canada Express Entry draw this year saw cut-off swell up to 808. For the last few PNP-only draws, the qualifying CRS score remained below 750. Higher cut-off scores compared to other program-specific Express Entry draws is due to the automatic addition of 600 points to candidates with provincial nominations.

Decreased Draw Size 392 invitations to apply for Canada PR.

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

Increased Express Entry Cut-off Minimum CRS score required was 808.

Adding 600 points to their base human capital score, candidates effectively required only 208 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.

IRCC has only been holding PNP-only Canada Express Entry draws since September 2021. An internal briefing memo, first accessed by CIC News, noted IRCC has been focusing on PNP candidates as immigration officers are processing a backlog in applications.

The immigration department wants to cut Express Entry backlogs by at least half before inviting candidates from other programs.

History of Canada Express Entry Draws

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.

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

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All the invited candidates in 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.

Express Entry has held about 40 PNP-only draws since its launch in 2015. 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.

Last year, Canada Express Entry draws invited nearly 114,431 immigration candidates to apply for Canada PR.

Apply for Canada PR with Provincial Nomination

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, is very effective to secure your chances of applying for Canada PR.

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.

With an automatic addition of 600 points to candidates with provincial nominations, an invitation to apply for Canada PR is effectively guaranteed.

Salma Ashleen is a working health professional with more than 6 years of experience. She entered the Express Entry pool with a CRS score of 250 points. She had also submitted her profile to the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. 

Also, Ms. Ashleen never worked or studied in Canada. 

Aseemaa Ashraf was soon invited to apply for a provincial nomination. This made her CRS score rise to 850. This is sufficient to receive ITA in this Express Entry draw. 

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

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