In a new Express Entry draw, Canada invites 545 PNP candidates

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  • May 12, 2022

Canada held its latest Express Entry draw on May 11 and issued 545 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to Provincial Nominee Program candidates.

A minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 753 points was required for this draw, 19 fewer points than the previous PNP draw.

For this draw, the tie-breaking rule was set for December 15, 2021 at 20:32:57 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.

Sean Fraser, the Immigration Minister, recently announced that program draws will begin in early July.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been focused on clearing the current significant backlog before it resumes issuing ITAs in larger numbers.

Canada has so far issued 7,844 invitations in 2022, all to PNP candidates.

IRCC issued 114,431 invitations to apply (ITAs) in 2021, all to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and PNP candidates, exceeding the previous record of 107,350 set in 2020.

This was the 10th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2022 and 222nd 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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