In the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)-specific Express Entry draw held on July 22, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 557 candidates to apply for permanent residence. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off score for the draw was 687. By far, this is the lowest CRS requirement in any PNP-specific Express Entry draw held in 2020.
All Provincial Nominee Program candidates had been added 600 additional CRS score points to their total CRS score. It means the candidates who received invitations in the latest draw needed to have only at least 87 basic CRS score points to receive an invitation.
A tie-break rule was applied in the draw, the date and time used being November 11, 2019 at 8:51:21 UTC. This means not all PNP candidates with a minimum CRS score of 687 received invitations in the July 22 draw, but only those who had submitted their profiles before the said date and time.
Express Entry draws and COVID-19
The draw held on July 22 is the ninth PNP-specific Express Entry draw being held by IRCC ever since Canada closed its borders in the wake of the spread of COVID-19 in March 2020. During this period, the Express Entry draws have followed a pattern of alternating between Provincial Nominee Program draws and Canadian Experience Class Programs (CEC). The first all-program Express Entry draw since the border restrictions had been imposed was held earlier this month. With the latest draw, the total number of Express Entry invitations issued by Canada so far this year has reached 54,357. Compared to this, the number of ITAs issued in the same period last year was only 45400. Though the pattern of Express Entry draws has changed, it seems Canada is still on the path to achieve its Express Entry target of 85800 ITAs in 2020.
Canada PNP and Express Entry
Most of the Canadian Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) have at least one stream aligned to the federal Express Entry program. It allows provinces and territories to nominate candidates with the skills that are in demand in their respective labour markets for permanent residence in Canada. Most of the Canadian provinces and territories have at least on immigration stream aligned to the federal Express Entry program. A provincial nomination guarantees Express Entry candidates 600 additional CRS score points and an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence in Canada from the IRCC in the Express Entry draws that are conducted regularly. Many of the Provincial Nominee Programs, especially those of Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, British Columbia and Prince Edward Island have been inviting candidates ever since the start of this year.
Express Entry draws held so far in 2020
|Draw Number||Date||Number of ITAs issued||Minimum CRS score|
|156||July 22||557||687(PNP-specific draw)|
|154||June 25||3508||431(CEC-specific draw)|
|153||June 24||392||696(PNP-specific draw)|
|152||June 11||3551||437(CEC-specific draw)|
|151||June 10||341||743(PNP-specific draw)|
|150||May 28||3515||440(CEC-specific draw)|
|149||May 27||385||757(PNP-specific draw)|
|148||May 15||3371||447(CEC-specific draw)|
|147||May 13||529||718(PNP-specific draw)|
|146||May 1||3311||452(CEC-specific draw)|
|145||April 29||589||692(PNP-specific draw)|
|144||April 16||3782||455 (CEC-specific draw)|
|143||April 15||118||808(PNP-specific draw)|
|142||April 9||3,294||464(CEC-specific draw)|
|141||April 9||606||698(PNP-specific draw)|
|140||March 23||3232||467 (CEC-specific draw)|
|139||March 18||668||720(PNP-specific draw)|
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