Prepared by Veronica Laurent; Shreeya A Pal; Edited by Peter Seeder on November 27, 2021

Canada held another Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) specific Express Entry draw on November 24, 2021, inviting 613 candidates to apply for permanent residence. The invited candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 737 in this draw. This draw is the sixth consecutive PNP-specific Express Entry draw held by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). IRCC had invited 775 candidates with scores of at least 685 in the previous draw. Read details about the previous Express Entry draw here.

In respect of the federal government’s immigration agreements with the provinces and territories, IRCC has continued to invite PNP candidates. Although the federal government has the final say on who gets permanent residence and citizenship, provinces can nominate newcomers who can help them meet their population and economic growth goals. According to studies and accompanying statistics, both PNP and CEC candidates perform well in the labour market.

This year, a record number of candidates have been issued invitations. Nearly 112,653 candidates have received Invitations to Apply (ITAs) as compared to last year wherein only 92,350 ITAs were issued. The graph below shows the number of ITAs issued to date, as compared to last year.



On October 30, 2020, the government of Canada revealed its Immigration Plan for 2021-2023. The plan reiterates the country’s investment in increasing immigration targets for the period: approx. 332,750 new permanent residents over three years through the three Express Entry programs (FSWC, CEC, and FSTC), and an additional approx. 245,300 through the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

The minimum CRS score requirement vary for PNP, 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 upon receiving a nomination from a 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) specific Express Entry draws. The graph below shows the CRS score cut-off scores for the last 10 draws.



What is 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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