IRCC holds Express Entry draw for PNP candidates

Express Entry PNP Draw
  • August 19, 2021

Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held Express Entry draw for the candidates from Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) issuing 463 invitations on August 18, 2021

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required to be eligible to be invited in this draw was 751 points.

The candidates who have received a provincial nomination were invited in the latest draw which is the reason that the CRS Score cut-off is high. If the candidates have applied for PNP program and they receive an invitation from province under Express Entry-aligned PNP program, they receive additional 600 CRS points.

The tie breaking rule was implemented in this draw where the candidates who have minimum score of 751 points and submitted before before April 13th, 2021 at 16:29:29 UTC would have received the invitation.

The number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued by IRCC has almost doubled compared to the same time last year. With more invitations comes a higher chance that IRCC will admit its target of 108,500 newcomers through the Express Entry system in 2021. So far this year, Canada has issued 102,779 invitations through the Express Entry system.


What is Express Entry?

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.

In the Express Entry system, candidates are ranked based on their CRS score that considers multiple factors including their age, work experience, education and proficiency in French or English. In some cases, the date and time at which the Express Entry profile was created is also a ranking factor.

Express Entry is a two-step process. In step one; candidates who are eligible under at least one of the three aforementioned skilled worker programs upload their profile on IRCC’s website. They get a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on their human capital such as their age, education, language skills, and work experience.

In step two, IRCC holds Express Entry draws approximately every two weeks and issues Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence to candidates with the highest CRS scores. If a candidate receives an ITA, they can go ahead and submit a permanent residence application to IRCC.

The PNP is another way for Skilled Worker immigrants to move to Canada and attain the permanent residence. Most provinces and territories operate their own system through PNP to welcome the immigrants as per their requirement.

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