- Invited Candidates
- Previous Draws
- How Express Entry Works
The Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently invited a total of 183 PNP candidates to apply for permanent residence in the recent Express Entry draw.
This draw, held on March 17, brings the total number of candidates given an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in 2021 to 38,840.
The IRCC issued ITAs to candidates with a minimum CRS score of 682 and had been nominated through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
Candidates who receive a provincial nomination gain 600 additional points to their CRS score.
This means that candidates who had a minimum score of 682 would have had a score of just 82 points before receiving a provincial nomination.
This draw is the second PNP-focussed one in a row. The previous draw on March 8 issued ITAs to 671 PNP candidates.
So far, in 2021, the IRCC has issued 38,840 ITAs. This is over three times more than the ITAs issued this time last year.
Seeing the low number of new immigrants last year due to the global pandemic, Canada has set a target of inviting a whopping 401,000 new immigrants.
Most of these immigrants are said to come from the Express Entry system.
The most significant part of these ITAs came from the February 13 draw, which invited 27,332 candidates.
This draw also had a historically low CRS score requirement of just 75 points. It invited all candidates from the Express Entry pool who was eligible under the Canadian Experience Class.
How Express Entry Works
Express Entry is a federal system of the IRCC which manages application for Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Worker Program and Canadian Experience Class.
Under any of these programs, candidates are awarded a score under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) based on their age, experience, education, and several other factors.