Canada Express Entry draw invites 932 PNP candidates, a new record!

Express Entry CEC Draw PNP
  • June 9, 2022

The largest Express Entry draw since March has been held in Canada, with 932 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued to candidates of the Provincial Nominee Program.

A minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 796 points was required for the PNP draw on June 8.

The score was relatively high because PNP candidates get an automatic 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points added to their base score.

For this draw, the tie-breaking rule was set for October 10, 2021 at 17:13:17 UTC . Candidates who had the lowest-eligible score were only invited if they had submitted their profiles to the Express Entry pool before this date.

It is the biggest round since Canada invited 1,047 PNP candidates on March 2. In the previous Express Entry draw, IRCC invited 589 PNP candidates with scores of at least 741.

Canada has so far issued 9,365 invitations, all to PNP candidates, in 2022. It was the 12th invitation round under Express Entry in 2022, and the 224th total.


How soon will CEC and FSWP recommence?

In an effort to combat a chronic labour shortage, Canada will resume Express Entry draws for  Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker and Federal Skilled Trades candidates in early July.

On April 22, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced that the federal high-skilled backlog had been cut by more than half, from nearly 112,000 in September 2021 to 48,000 in March 2022. By July, the backlog is expected to drop further.

It means that Canada can once again start issuing Invitations to Apply to skilled worker candidates both already in the country and from overseas. Since fall 2021, ITAs have only been issued to Provincial Nominee Program candidates.

New applications received from July will be processed within six months in the vast majority of cases, Fraser said in April.


What is Express Entry?

Canada’s most popular immigration programs use the online Express Entry system to manage applications. Express Entry is a system that the federal government uses to manage applications for Canada’s three main economic-class programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). In addition to that, the most provinces also have immigration streams that are aligned with the Express Entry system.

Express Entry uses a points-based system (CRS) that ranks candidates. If they score high enough, they will get an Invitation to Apply and the chance to apply for permanent residency.

After the application has been submitted to the IRCC, an officer will review it and make a decision. They may then ask for more information, including biometrics, or request an interview.

If the application is approved, IRCC issues a Confirmation of Permanent Residence. Approved permanent residents are then able to complete their landing process and get settled in Canada. If a permanent resident is abroad, they can avail of pre-arrival services beforehand to help them with their final journey


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