Express Entry Draw : Canada Issues Record 1,036 PNP Invitations

Canada Express Entry Draw for CEC Candidates PNP
  • January 20, 2022

In its second Express Entry draw of 2022, Canada issued a record 1,036 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to Provincial Nominee Program candidates.

The minimum CRS score needed to be eligible for the January 19 draw was 745 points lower than the previous PNP draw. Only candidates for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) were invited by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). As a result, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cutoff score was 745. When a PNP candidate is nominated, an automatic 600 points are added to their score, which is why the score appears to be high.

The tie-breaking rule was applied in this draw, where the candidates with the CRS Score of 745 points who submitted their profile on or before  July 05, 2021 at 13:12:05 UTC would have received the invitation.

This was the second round of invitations under Express Entry in 2022 and 214th 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.

Stakeholders anticipate that the number of invitations issued will remain high as Canada works toward its target of 411,000 new permanent residents in 2022. During the COVID-19 crisis, CRS scores remain difficult to predict due to program-specific draws.

With the coronavirus outbreak in March 2020, Canada switched to program-specific draws for Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Program candidates. This resulted in a significant increase in the number of individual draws over previous years.

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