Qualifying CRS Score Drops 39 Points Compared To Previous PNP-specific Express Entry Draw


Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held another program-specific Express Entry draw on May 26. 

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This is the 189th Express Entry draw which targeted only candidates with prior provincial nominations. A summary of the nomination draw is as below: 

  1. Draw Size Saw A Marginal Decline: Canada invites 57 fewer candidates than the previous PNP-only draw resulting in a total of 500 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residency. 

All the invited candidates have already demonstrated their connection to a province or territory and experience to succeed in the labour market by securing a provincial nomination. 

Further, they may qualify to receive invitations for permanent residency through the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, or Canadian Experience Class. 

  1. Decreased Qualifying Score: Any prospective candidates that seek to register their profile for consideration under the Express Entry system shall be assessed and ranked based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). 

Such profiles are evaluated on a total of 1200 points and considers human capital factors like age, education, work experience outside Canada, language proficiency in English/French, spouse adaptability, Canadian study experience, etc. Those who receive provincial nominations through ‘enhanced’ PNP streams will get an additional 600 points towards their CRS score. 

May 26 draw selected candidates with a minimum CRS score of 713, 39 points lower than the previous PNP-specific draw. This also means that without nomination, candidates who were nominated were required only to have a score of 113. 

  1. Tie-Break Rule: IRCC applies a tie-break rule to avoid disputes in the rankings in the case where two or more candidates are awarded the same CRS score. This draw invited candidates who had a minimum score of 713 and only submitted their Express Entry profile before April 06, 2021, at 09:50:14 UTC. 

Express Entry in 2021

IRCC has regularly held Express Entry draws in 2021. Only program-specific draws linked to either Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) or Canada Experience Class (CEC) have been held so far, thereby ignoring the candidates who qualified under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). This may be largely due to the COVID-related travel restrictions internationally. 

FSWP candidates are mostly foreign skilled workers who do not have work experience inside Canada and do not hold a job offer in Canada. However, they may qualify for permanent residency based on their age, language proficiency, education, and relevant work experience abroad. 

Canada is set to welcome 108,500 new immigrants through Express Entry-managed programs in 2021 alone. So far, more than half, 68,817 Express Entry candidates have been already invited to apply for permanent residency. 

Click here to get a quick review of nomination draws in January, February, March, and April 2021.

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