Canada Express Entry: 1047 PNP Candidates with Cut-Off Score 761 Invited to Apply for Canada PR

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held a record-breaking Canada Express Entry draw on March 2. The federal department issued another record-breaking 1,047 invitations to PNP candidates to apply for Canada PR. This Express Entry draw 217 targeted domestic temporary workers or skilled foreign workers with prior provincial nominations.


The increased draw size resulted in an increased qualifying score of 761. Registered candidates with provincial nominations are eligible for the automatic addition of 600 CRS points, effectively guaranteeing them an invite to apply for permanent residence in Canada.

Record-breaking Draw Size 1,047 invitations to apply for Canada PR.
Lower Express Entry Cut-off The minimum CRS score required was 761.

Automatic addition of 600 points to their base human capital score, candidates effectively required only 161 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.

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser laid a roadmap to apply for Canada PR in a recent TV interview. Catch all the highlights in our previous news article.

Canada Express Entry Draws in 2022

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?

Click here to read our analysis.

Since September last year, IRCC has only been holding PNP-only Canada Express Entry draws, ignoring Federal Skilled Worker and Canada Experience Class program candidates. 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.

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 800,000 economic-class immigrants through the likes of Express Entry, the Provincial Nominee Programs, Quebec immigration, among other pathways over the next three years.

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.

Canada has decided to cut Express Entry admissions in half for 2022 mainly due to increasing backlogs in the FSWP & CEC applications in the pool.

Canada will return to normal Express Entry admissions levels by 2024 when it targets the arrival of 111,5000 Express Entry immigrants then.

CanApprove is glad to have processed a good number of PNP-applications that received invitations to apply for Canada PR in recent Express Entry draws

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.

Take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility for permanent residence in Canada.

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