Express Entry News: Canada holds third consecutive PNP


Canada has now held 20 draws exclusively for PNP candidates this year.

On October 13, Canada held yet another Express Entry draw exclusively for candidates who had provincial nominations to apply for permanent residence.

The IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) issued another 681 invitations to applicants who had minimum scores of at least 720 (including points for Provincial Nomination). All invited applicants had received an automatic 600 points by from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Interestingly, had the lowest scoring candidate not received the Provincial Nomination their score would have been only  120.

In the prior Provincial Nomination Draw, the IRCC invited 761 applicants with scores of at least 742. This draw was smaller than the previous draw, with an overall lower CRS requirement, indicating there were fewer Provincial Nomination applicants with higher scores in the Express Entry pool.


Current Express Entry News Update

Throughout the course of the last 9 months, the IRCC has been holding Express Entry draws every fortnight, inviting only PNP and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates. This means the IRCC has issued a record number of invitations to CEC and PNP applicants this year.

Express Entry News Minimum Score Review

The minimum scores have been fluctuating depending on whether the draw was for only CEC or PNP. Minimum scores are partially determined by how many candidates are in the pool, and how many invitations IRCC issues in a given round. Only the top-scoring candidates get invited. PNP draws automatically have higher cut-offs because candidates who have provincial nominations automatically get 600 points added to their score.



What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is an online immigration system which manages skilled workers applications for permanent residence to Canada under federal and certain provincial economic programs.

It is not an immigration program in itself, but a method for selecting the best candidates for Canada’s existing skilled worker immigration programs.

Express Entry is considered as an example to the world of how to run a fluid and flexible economic immigration system. With simple changes to the Comprehensive Ranking System, the Canadian government can use immigration to respond to economic and labor market changes.

Applicants who want to get a Permanent Residency or citizenship in Canada through the Express Entry route, must meet the basic requirements of scoring 67 points.

You would need to score at least 67 points out of 100 to be eligible to apply. The 100-point system allows the IRCC to find candidates who can contribute to their economy and meet specific requirements in terms of skilled labor and expertise. The program allows you to make an online profile called the Express Entry Profile where you can fill in the details about yourself. You will be evaluated on the same. 

The maximum points you can attain is 100. Candidates who earn less than 67 points will be rejected. After an applicant is accepted into Express Entry by virtue of having the 67 points they are also assigned a CRS Score, and it’s this CRS score which determines which candidates will receive an Invitation to Apply.

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