Prepared by Veronica Laurent; Shreeya A Pal; Edited by Shi Hui Yu on September 18, 2021

A new Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw was held on September 15 in which Canada invited 521 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence. The candidates invited had already received a nomination under a Provincial Nominee Program that automatically added 600 points to their base Express Entry score. Thus, the invited candidates needed a minimum CRS score of 732 to receive invitation. This is the lowest score a PNP specific draw has seen since June 2021.

This draw saw a tie-break rule set by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for February 24, 2021, at 10:46:54 UTC. A tie-break is applied to every draw, irrespective of whether there is an actual tie or not. The candidates now have 60 days’ time to submit their final documentation.

This draw was the 18th PNP specific Express Entry draw held this year. The number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) being issued has doubled – compared to last year’s statistics. The graph below shows the number of ITAs issued so far in 2021 as compared to last year (2020).



The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement vary for PNPs, and CEC draws. PNP draws have higher CRS cut-off score requirement due to the automatic addition of 600 points to the candidate’s Express Entry profile on receiving a nomination from the province. On the other hand, CEC draws have comparatively lower CRS score cut-off since the draw is concentrated on a specific group of people. However, these streams do not compete with Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) stream. The graph below shows the CRS score cut-off scores for the last 10 draws.



Express Entry

Express Entry is an electronic selection system used by the Federal as well as Provincial governments of Canada [to select], as well as designated Canadian employers [to nominate] candidates for Canadian permanent residence under three of its popular economic [skilled] immigration programs:

Candidates eligible for any of the above programs are given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in the Express Entry Pool. It is based on their Core/Human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and language ability in English and/or French, etc. And, based on scores, candidates are periodically invited (or nominated) for permanent residence.

Check out Owlspriority Immigration’s Canada Settlement Resources to learn more about ways to find a new job in Canada, making your initial days in Canada stress-free and confident, etc.

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