Canada Express Entry: 1036 PNP Candidates Invited to Apply for Canada PR

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) continued to hold PNP-specific Canada Express Entry draw. January 19 draw resulted in a record 1,036 invitations to apply for Canada PR. This Canada Express Entry draw targeted domestic temporary workers or skilled foreign workers with prior provincial nominations.

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The increased draw size resulted in a lower qualifying score of 745. However, the cut-off score may still seem higher compared to other program-specific Canada Express Entry draws. It is due to the automatic addition of 600 points to candidates with provincial nominations.

Record-breaking Draw Size 1,036 invitations to apply for Canada PR.
Lower Express Entry Cut-off Minimum CRS score required was 745.

Automatic addition of 600 points to their base human capital score, candidates effectively required only 145 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.

This internal briefing memo explains the record-breaking Express Entry PNP-draw size. The immigration department wants to cut Canada Express Entry backlogs by at least half before inviting candidates from other programs, like Federal Skilled Worker Program. Such candidates require no prior Canadian experience to apply for permanent residence.

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 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?

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Canada Express Entry draws invited nearly 114,431 immigration candidates to apply for Canada PR in 2021. However, since September last year, IRCC has only been holding PNP-only Canada Express Entry draws. 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.

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. The human capital criteria like

  • age,
  • education,
  • work experience outside Canada,
  • language proficiency in English/French,
  • spouse adaptability,
  • Canadian study experience, etc. are considered for evaluation purposes.
Ms. Alana Ahmed is a working professional with more than 6 years of experience. She entered the Express Entry pool with a CRS score of 200 points. She had also submitted her profile to the Canadian province of Manitoba. 

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

She was soon considered to apply for a provincial nomination. This made her CRS score rise to 800. 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 241,500 economic-class immigrants through the likes of Express Entry, the Provincial Nominee Programs, Quebec immigration, among other pathways in 2022.

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