Canada Express Entry Draws: 787 Provincial Nominees Invited to Apply for Canada PR

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Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held a new Canada Express Entry draws on April 13. The federal department issued 787 invitations to eligible candidates to apply for Canada PR. All the invited candidates in this Express Entry draw were domestic temporary workers or skilled workers who already had a provincial nominee certification. 


Record-breaking Draw Size 787 invitations to apply for Canada PR. 
Lower Express Entry Cut-off  The minimum CRS score required was 782. 

Automatic addition of 600 points to their base human capital score, candidates effectively required only 182 points to qualify. 

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

No tie-break rule was applied. 

Express Entry draw size declined even though the qualifying CRS score was reduced to 782, reduced by 3 points compared to the previous draw. The interesting thing to note here is that provincial nominees in the Express Entry pool receive an additional 600 CRS points. This guarantees them an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada. 

Since September last year, IRCC has only held Canada Express Entry draws for Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates. Highly-skilled worker candidates under Federal Skilled Worker, and Canada Experience Class candidates are being ignored for Canada PR nominations. All we know is that Minister Sean Fraser has hinted at resuming Express Entry Draws for FSWP & CEC anytime in the spring of 2022. 

Apply for Canada PR as Provincial Nominees

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). 

These profiles are evaluated on a total of 600 points. The human capital criteria for evaluation include

  • age, 
  • education, 
  • work experience outside Canada, 
  • language proficiency in English/French, 
  • spouse adaptability, 
  • Canadian study experience, etc. 

Additional 600 points are added to eligible candidates in the Express Entry pool by virtue of receiving a provincial nomination. This makes the total evaluation of Express Entry candidates based on 1200 points. The profile is valid for 12 months and can be reviewed every year to maximize the chance of qualifying for Canada PR. 

Take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility to apply for a Canada PR card.

Check Your CRS Scores

Book your free appointment with CanApprove to enter the Express Entry pool. We can help you in exploring various options for immigration to Canada based on your work experience or academic profile.

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