With the recent wave of the pandemic, the CRS requirement for the new invitation round was 36 points much lower than the previous PNP draw.
On April 28, 2021, Canada invited close to 381 Express Entry candidates for the permanent residence bloc. Invited candidates were supposed to have the earlier receipt of a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program(PNP).
This seems to be the reason why the cut-off score remains 717 or the PNP candidates automatically get 600 points added for the human capital score.
Also, this is the lowest nomination score of any PNP draw held so far. Without scoring a nomination, the lowest scoring applicants will have 117 points. Going by the tie-break rule, applicants having a minimum score of 717 were only invited, in case they had submitted their Express Entry profile before March 16, 2021, at 21 : 20: 50 UTC. IRCC(Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada) publishes the cut-off time for the tie-break rule.
Canada Focusing on sending more invitations
Since the start of 2021, IRCC has held Express Entry draws targeting candidates who are likely to stay in Canada. This is also part of their effort for admitting 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021.
Out of these, close to 108,500 are expected to come via Express Entry managed programs. On average IRCC tends to hold two Express Entry draws every two weeks.
One was about inviting PNP-only candidates and the other inviting FSW or CEC-only candidates. For achieving the target of welcoming 401,000 new immigrants in 2021, the government has created six new programs aimed at international student graduates plus essential workers.