Express Entry: Canada invites 829 PNP candidates

Express Entry PNP Draw
  • April 28, 2022

In a new Express Entry draw on 29th April, 829 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) have been issued to Provincial Nominee Program candidates.

This draw required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 772 points.  Because Express Entry candidates get 600 points automatically added to their score when nominated by a province, the minimum score was relatively high. Without the nomination, the lowest-scoring candidates would have had 172 base points.

The tie-breaking rule implemented on March 24, 2022, at 4 am EST. If more than one candidate had the minimum CRS score, only those who submitted their Express Entry profiles before this date and time received invitations.

In the previous invitation round, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 787 PNP candidates with scores of at least 782.

Sean Fraser, immigration minister, recently announced that draws for all immigration programs will resume early in July. Canada has so far issued 7,299 invitations, all to PNP candidates, in 2022.

During the coronavirus crisis, IRCC switched to draws for PNP and CEC candidates, to focus on candidates already in Canada on work or study permits.

This was the 9th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2022 and the 221st overall.


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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