Canada held its third-largest Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw of the year on October 27, 2021, inviting 888 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence. The invited candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 744 to receive an invitation. All candidates invited held a provincial nomination which automatically added 600 points to their base Express Entry scores.
In the previous PNP draw held on October 13, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 681 candidates with CRS scores of at least 720. Since 2020 IRCC has been issuing huge numbers of invitations to PNP and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates. This year a record number of candidates have been issued invitations. Nearly 111,265 candidates have received Invitation to Apply (ITA) as compared to last year wherein only 82,850 ITA’s were issued. The graph below shows the number of ITA’s issued to date as compared to last year.
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 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) specific Express Entry draws. The graph below shows the CRS score cut-off scores for the last 10 draws.
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.
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