Canada has conducted a new Provincial Nominee Program Express Entry draw, issuing 1,047 Invitations to Apply (ITAs).
The March 2 draw required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 761 points, 51 higher than the previous PNP draw.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is continuing to avoid conducting all-program draws, the last of which took place in December 2020. It says it is focusing on clearing the current significant backlog before it resumes issuing ITAs in larger numbers.
Canada has so far issued 4,627 invitations, all to PNP candidates, in 2022.
IRCC issued a record 114,431 ITAs in 2021, all to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and PNP candidates. It beat the previous record of 107,350 set in 2020.
During the coronavirus crisis, IRCC has switched to draws for PNP and CEC candidates, to focus on candidates already in Canada on work or study permits.
The latest draw saw the tie-breaking rule implemented on January 5, 2022 at 10.22am 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 fifth round of invitations under Express Entry in 2022 and 216th overall.
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