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Canada invites 888 PNP candidates in Express Entry draw

Alexandra Miekus - 27 October, 2021

Express Entry Draw Oct 27
Express Entry Draw Oct 27

Canada invited 888 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates to apply for permanent residence in the latest Express Entry draw, held on October 27.

This new round of invitations was the 21st of the year to focus on provincially nominated candidates. Invited candidates needed to have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 740.

This is also the third largest PNP draw of the year. During the largest draw Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) sent out 1,002 Invitation to Apply on June 23, and the second largest saw 940 invites on June 9.

In the previous PNP draw, IRCC invited 681 candidates with scores of at least 720.

The PNP allows Canadian provinces and territories to nominate candidates who have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to local economies. Each province and territory has its own "streams" that are tailored to the needs of the province. Several of these PNP streams are aligned with the federal Express Entry system, and candidates who receive a provincial nomination automatically earn an additional 600 CRS points.

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Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Express Entry draws have been primarily program-specific, focusing on PNP and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates because they are the most likely to be in the country. Candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and Federal Skilled Trades Class (FST) programs have not been drawn from the Express Entry pool since the beginning of 2021.

This pause in all-program draws has been associated with the fact that Canada implemented travel restrictions and special COVID-19 measures, which prevented immigrants from abroad from obtaining permanent residency. In recent months, Canada's COVID-19 measures have been phased out.

While this is an unusual year for Express Entry, Canada is still on track to meet its ambitious goal of welcoming over 400,000 newcomers this year. Today's draw brought the total number of Express Entry ITAs issued in 2021 to 111,265.

What is Express Entry?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is Canada's federal immigration department. It uses the Express Entry system to manage permanent residence applications through Canada’s three main economic-class immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Candidates who enter the Express Entry pool are given a score according to the CRS. This score is based on many factors such as your age, work experience, education and language ability.

Those who get an invitation to apply from IRCC, have to submit a complete application in order to received permanent residency. 

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