512 PNP candidates invited through Express Entry pool
Canada invited 512 candidates with scores of at least 760. The relatively high score was because Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates automatically get 600 points when they receive their provincial nomination.
Canada’s newest Express Entry draw held on 4th August, targeted candidates who had previously received provincial nominations.
In the previous PNP invitation round, 462 Express Entry candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence with scores of at least 734.
Since the start of 2021, IRCC has been holding only PNP- and Canadian Experience Class (CEC)– specific Express Entry draws. This has been an effort on IRCC’s part to admit candidates who are already in Canada.
The number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) has almost doubled compared to the same time last year. This suggests that IRCC is doubling down on its efforts to admit 108,500 newcomers through the Express Entry system in 2021. So far this year, 99,316 PNP and CEC candidates have been invited.
The minimum score requirements have been up and down due to the nature of CEC- and PNP-only draws. CEC draws typically have lower cut-offs because the draws are concentrated in the one silo of applicants. They are not competing with others in the Federal Skilled Worker Program, for example. So, with bigger draw sizes, IRCC can invite more candidates, thus bringing the score down.
On the other hand, PNP candidates automatically get 600 points with their provincial nomination. By this fact alone, PNP draws will always be higher than any other type of Express Entry draw.
Express Entry manages the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s main economic-class immigration programs:
If you are eligible for an Express Entry-managed program, you will get a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS awards points based on skilled work experience, education, age, official language skills, and other factors.
The CRS is out of a possible 1,200 points. The vast majority have less than 500 points, except for PNP candidates because having a provincial nomination means an automatic 600 CRS points added to their original score.
IRCC invites the highest scoring candidates to apply for permanent residence during regular rounds of invitation. Invited candidates can apply for Canadian immigration.