IRCC Issues 266 Invitations in the PNP specific Express Entry Draw

On April 14, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 266 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in its most recent Express Entry draw.

Invited candidates needed to have a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) to receive an ITA.

The minimum score in this draw was 753. Note that PNP candidates automatically get an additional 600 points added to their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score once they receive a provincial nomination. In other words, the lowest-scoring candidate would have had a CRS score of 153 CRS without the PNP nomination. As per the tie breaking rule applied in this invitation round, all the candidates with a CRS score of 753 and above who have submitted their profile before March 01, 2021 at 15:22:18 UTC, are expected to receive an ITA.

We have observed that in 2021, IRCC has been holding PNP and Canadian Experience Class (CEC)-specific draws. To meet the immigration targets amid travel restrictions, IRCC has been holding program-specific draws that target candidates who are likely already in the country.

The Comprehensive Ranking System is a score out of 1,200 used to benchmark federal economic applicants against one another. It’s a part of the Express Entry system, which was established in January 2015 to process permanent residence applications. The CRS points are calculated on for factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

The CRS score is used as a cut-off point in Express Entry draws. To enter the pool, candidates must be eligible under either the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Canadian Experience Class, or Federal Skilled Trades Class.

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