Express Entry: Canada invited 671 PNP candidates


All the candidates who obtained a provincial nomination were invited to apply for Canadian PR (permanent residence). Around 671 Express Entry applicants who had a minimum score of 739 are invited for permanent residence on March 8. 

This score requirement looks high, but the fact is that everyone invited had obtained a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) previously.

All the Express Entry applicants who received a provincial nomination are automatically granted 600 points besides their original human capital score. It means individuals who obtain the minimum score of 739, had a CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score of 139 without the provincial nomination.

Attorney David Cohen, a Canadian immigration lawyer stated that “Provincial nominees have shown that they will perk provincial labor markets. At the same time, provinces help their EE (Express Entry) application with an award that ensures they will be invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.”

As per the decider rule, all the applicants who had the minimum score of 739 were only included if they presented their Express Entry profile before February 16, 2021, at 19:10:25 UTC.

Since the beginning of this year, Canada has issued almost 38,657 ITAs (Invitations to Apply). In 2020, because of the low numbers of new immigrants, Canada has set the determined goal of welcoming 401,00 new arrivals in 2021. Most are dedicated to come through the Express Entry system.

The major part of these invitations came from when Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada issued 27,332 Invitations to apply from the earlier draw on Saturday, February 13. This had a historically low CRS requirement of 75 and it is the biggest Express Entry draw ever. 

This draw comes 22 days after the Saturday draw when each applicant in the pool who qualified for the CEC (Canadian Experience Class) was invited.

How does Express Entry work?

Express Entry is the application management system in Canada for the three following federal immigration programs: 

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program
  3. Canadian Experience Class

Some PNPs, and all the applicants of these programs are assigned a score based on the CRS. The points given to the candidate are based on their human capital factors for example, work experience, age, education, and language proficiency in French or English. 

For this, you do not require a job offer, but it may give you some additional points. It is not required to have ever studied or worked in Canada but it can give you some additional points, however during the Covid-19 pandemic IRCC is giving priority to applicants who are already in the state.

Through usual Express Entry rounds of invitation, the top-scoring applicants get an ITA for permanent residence. After applying, IRCC will make a final judgment and send a confirmation for Canadian PR after accepting the application. The last step for approved candidates is to settle in Canada and submit an application for a PR Card. 

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