Express Entry: New PNP draw invites 266 candidates

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Express Entry New PNP draw: Canada has conducted a new Express Entry draw, issuing 266 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates.

The April 14 draw featured a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 753, 25 points lower than the previous PNP draw.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has now issued 49,390 ITAs through 12 draws in 2021, including seven PNP draws totaling 2,682 ITAs, and five Canadian Experience Class draws issuing 46,708 ITAs, including an all-time record draw that saw 27,332 ITAs issued. 

During the coronavirus crisis, IRCC has switched to draws focused on PNP and CEC candidates, given they are more likely to already be in the country as temporary residents.

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Canada set a new record for total ITAs in 2020 at 107,350, despite the year being marred by coronavirus. The previous record for ITAs in a calendar year was the 89,800 issued in 2018.

The latest draw saw the tie-breaking rule implemented on March 1, 2021 at 11.22am EST. If more than one candidate had the minimum CRS score, only those who submitted their Express Entry profiles before this date and time received invitations.

This was the 12th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2021 and 182nd overall.

Express Entry draws in 2021

IRCC has now invited 49,390 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence so far in 2021, nearly double what it was at the same time last year. This is because on February 13, IRCC sent 27,332 invitations, one for every eligible CEC candidate in the pool.

Canada is ramping up its Express Entry intake in order to meet its 2021 immigration targets. Last fall, the federal government committed to welcome 401,000 newcomers in 2021, about a quarter of these would come through the Express Entry system.

Since the start of 2021, Canada has held 12 draws. All of them have either targeted CEC candidates or PNP candidates.

PNP-specific draws require a higher score cut off because of the 600-point award that comes with a provincial nomination. CEC-only draws tend to have lower minimum score requirements because they are not competing with candidates of other classes, so more top-scoring candidates can be invited in a given invitation round.

Express Entry candidates can be eligible for more than one Federal High Skilled program. All PNP candidates are eligible for one other Express Entry-managed program. These candidates have demonstrated to a province or territory that they have the connections and experience to succeed in the labour market that nominated them. PNP had the smallest number of candidates in the pool at 104 that day, but about 69 per cent of them were in Canada. 

Although there were more than 141,000 Federal Skilled Worker candidates in the pool, about 95 per cent of them were outside of Canada. Almost 55 per cent of Federal Skilled Trades candidates were in Canada, out of a total of 669 candidates.

What is Express Entry ?

Express Entry is an immigration system implemented by Canadian immigration authorities (IRCC) on January 1, 2015 which manages skilled worker applications under Federal Economic programs. This includes the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program the Canada Experience Class and parts of the Provincial Nomination Programs.

Stakeholders expect to see continued high numbers of invitations issued as Canada builds towards its target of more than 400,000 new permanent residents in 2021, with CRS scores likely to drop.

With the coronavirus crisis striking in March 2020, Canada switched to program-specific draws aimed at Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Program candidates. This had the effect of significantly increasing the number of individual draws beyond previous years.

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