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In A Record-Breaking Express Entry Draw, Canada Invites 1,032 PNP Candidates To Apply For PR

Canada has held its largest-ever Provincial Nominee Program-focused Express Entry draw, granting 1,032 Invitations to Apply (ITAs).

The least Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for the December 10 draw was 698 points, 39 points lower than the previous PNP draw.

In 2021, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have issued 1,13,685 Invitations to Apply, a record number.

The previous calendar year record was set in 2020 when 1,07,350 invitations were approved. Prior to 2020, the previous record for ITAs issued in a calendar year was 89,800 in 2018. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has focused on PNP and Canadian Experience Class candidates, during the coronavirus outbreak, as they are more likely to be in the country as temporary residents.

The tie-breaking rule was implemented in the most recent draw on September 10, 2021, at 12:43 pm EST. Only those who submitted their Express Entry profiles before this date and time did receive invitations if more than one candidate had the minimum CRS score.

Since the inception of Express Entry in 2015, IRCC has only held 38 PNP-only draws. With the exception of this draw and the June 23 draw, they usually send out fewer than a thousand invitations.

Across the year, IRCC has only held Express Entry draws for PNP and Canadian Experience Class candidates (CEC). The approach was intended to allow IRCC to focus on admitting immigrants who were residing in Canada.

Candidates applying for Canadian immigration from outside Canada were not permitted to cross the border until June to activate their permanent residency status. However, according to an IRCC briefing note, focussed on inland candidates, as well as creating the Temporary Residence to Permanent Residence (TR to PR) pathway, resulted in a large queue of candidates.

Ever since the outbreak, Canada has held 34 PNP-specific Express Entry draws, with 18,817 candidates receiving invitations to apply for permanent residence. During the same time period, Canada held 27 CEC draws, resulting in 133,868 invitations. Only 11 draws have been held to invite Express Entry candidates from all programs.

Express Entry is a skilled worker application management system implemented by Canadian immigration authorities (IRCC) on January 1, 2015, that manages applications under Federal Economic programs.

Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canada Experience Class, and portions of the Provincial Nomination Programs are inclusive of the Express Entry. Express Entry ranks candidates’ profiles using a point-based system known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Candidates who score the maximum points are issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and may then apply for permanent residency.

People from the administration anticipate that the number of invitations issued will remain high as Canada works toward its goal of attracting more than 4,00,000 new permanent residents by 2021, with CRS scores likely to fall.

Canada has shifted to program-specific draws for Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Program candidates. This resulted in a significant increase in the number of individual draws over previous years. CEC draws have resulted in scores as low as 75.

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