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Express Entry Invited 557 PNP Candidates

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Express Entry Invited 557 PNP candidates to apply for a Canada permanent residence in the latest draw and the candidates who received a provincial nomination were invited in the new Express Entry round of invitations.

Canada has now invited overall 54,357 immigration candidates this year 2020. The only candidates who had received a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) were invited in the latest draw, which is why the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut off score was 687 and this is the lowest CRS requirement for a PNP-specific draw in this year.

All these immigration candidates had previously received provincial nominations and were awarded an additional 600 points toward their overall score which means the immigration candidates who received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in this round would have needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 87 for their human capital factors without the provincial nomination.

This is the 9th Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) specific draw since Canada closed its borders back in March in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Since then, the rounds of invitation held through the Express Entry system have followed a pattern where draws will alternate between targeting candidates with provincial nominations, and those from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and a first all-program draw since the start of the pandemic was held earlier this month.

The Express Entry draws targeting Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates generally have a much lower Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut off.

In fact, Canadian Experience Class (CEC) draws CRS cut-offs have been steadily declining since the month of March, with the most recent CEC draw seeing the lowest CRS cut off of the year so far.

The most recent draws from the Express Entry pool saw Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) make use of the tie-break procedure that is used to rank candidates who have the same Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

tie-break rule was applied in this draw and the date and time used were November 11, 2019, at 8:51:21 UTC which means that all the immigration candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score above 687 as well as those candidates with scores of 687 who submitted their profile before this date and time, received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in this invitation round.

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has moved away from its usual all-program draw schedule which takes place every 2 weeks on Wednesdays, Canada remains on pace to achieve its Express Entry target of 85,800 ITAs in 2020, with 54,357 ITAs issued so far this year in 2020 which is compared with 45,400 at this time in 2019.

The Express Entry system is Canada’s main source of skilled foreign workers which was introduced in the year 2015 to manage the pool of candidates. Canada’s Express Entry system manages the profiles of candidates for 3 of Canada’s main economic-class immigration programs i.e.

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Class
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Class
  3. Canadian Experience Class 

The candidates who are eligible for one of these programs must submit their profile into the Express Entry pool, where they are given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on their original human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and language ability.

The highest-ranked candidates are then invited to apply for Canada permanent residence through its regular Express Entry draws. The Express Entry candidates with scores below the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-offs have a variety of potential options to improve their score, the most valuable of which is a provincial nomination.

Most Canadian provinces and 2 territories have “enhanced” Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams that are linked to the Express Entry system which effectively guarantees an invitation to apply for Canada permanent residence.

Since last year, most of Canada’s Express Entry has aligned the provincial nomination streams have issued invitations, including streams in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and British Columbia.

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