392 PNP invites
A total number of 46,392 invitations have been issued to Express Entry candidates this year so far.
Canada issued another set of Express Entry invitation on June 24 and invited candidates with provincial nominations.
IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) invited 392 candidates with a score of 696 and above in CRS.
All these applicants had earlier received provincial nominations and were given an extra 600 points to their overall CRS score. This means without the provincial nomination, and the applicant would have had a CRS score of a mere 96.
The CRS awards score to applicants based on their age, work experience, education, and English/French language ability to determine which candidates would have a high probability of getting success in the Canadian labour market.
Express Entry is the main pathway of Canada to issue permanent residence for skilled foreign workers. It maintains the pool of applicants for the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class.
A tie-break rule that was applied in this draw is that all the candidates who got a CRS score of at least 696 and submitted their profile before April 23, 2020, at 10:39:30 UTC, received an invitation.
Since the Canadian government declared special coronavirus measures and started travel restrictions on March 18, the country has been holding Express Entry draws regularly and is targeting Canadian Experience Class candidates and provincial nominees.
So far, Canada's government has held 15 draws through these two programs and issued tens of thousands of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian PR.
The targets of immigration are currently on track to surpass last year's levels. Despite the restrictions on travel, more ITAs were issued this year than they were issued at the same time in 2019. As of June 24, 46,392 principal applicants have been issued invitations to apply for permanent residence in this year.
Recent weeks have also witnessed an impressive amount of action among Canada's Express Entry-linked provincial nominee streams. In the past week alone, more than a thousand Express Entry applicants have been communicated by provinces to apply for Canada's provincial nomination.
These streams allow the provinces to pick candidates in the federal Express Entry pool, who meet their specific labour market requirements and nominate them for Canadian permanent residence.
To be considered for a provincial nomination through Canada's Express Entry-linked streams, a candidate first needs to submit an Express Entry profile.
The following is a speculative situation of someone who may have been invited in the June 24 draw.
Aravind is 34 with a Master's degree and has been working as a database tester for nine years. He gave the IELTS and got a score of 7.5 in listening and 6.5 in each other section. He has never worked or studied inside Canada. He enrolled in the Express Entry system in January 2020 and submitted a profile to the Canadian province of Saskatchewan through the International Skilled Worker: Saskatchewan Express Entry stream. He entered the pool with a 360 score in CRS. Soon after submitting a profile to the province, he was invited to apply for provincial nomination. After getting the nomination, his Express Entry CRS score increased to 960, and he obtains an ITA for permanent residence in the June 24 draw of Express Entry.