Canada Extends Invitation to PNP Candidates in Latest Express Entry Draw
In the recent Express Entry draw, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 1,548 candidates under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). To be eligible, candidates need a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 776.
The CRS score requirement in PNP-only draws is on the higher side as a PNP nomination is worth CRS 600 points in itself.
Overview of the previous Express Entry Draws since September 2023
As of October 1, Express Entry candidates no longer need to undergo an upfront Immigration Medical Examination (IME) before submitting their permanent resident application to IRCC. Candidates can submit a blank document in the upload field and receive instructions for the medical examination later. If you have already completed an IME as part of another IRCC application, you won’t need a second IME.
Why Category-Based Express Entry Draws?
Canada has introduced category-based draws to select candidates who align with Canada’s goals of economic growth and French language promotion outside of Quebec. The change stemmed from a 2022 amendment to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), granting the immigration minister authority to select Express Entry candidates that can help with Canada’s language and developmental goals.
To achieve these objectives, six new categories were established, focusing on high-demand occupations and individuals with proficiency in French language. Categories include:
Agriculture and agri-food
Understanding Express Entry
Express entry is a system designed for managing applications of candidates who wish to immigrate to Canada through various immigration programs. These programs include: