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Canada Invites 671 Candidates under PNP in Express Entry Draw

Published on : March 9, 2021

Key Highlights

  • Overview
  • Eligible Candidates
  • Draws in 2021
  • How Express Entry Works


The Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) today invited 671 PNP candidates in the 7th Express Entry Draw this year.

This draw makes the total candidates invited in 2021 to 38,657. This time last year, however, the total was 18,700.

Eligible Candidates

The IRCC invited candidates with a minimum cut-off score of 739. While this can seem too high in the 1200 points CRS system, it is because the candidates have received a provincial nomination.

Candidates who get a nomination under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) gain an additional 600 points on top of their eligibility factor score.

Therefore, apart from their provincial nomination, they would only need a minimum of 139 points to get invited.

In addition to this, only those candidates who submitted their Express Entry profile before February 16, 2021, were invited.

Draws in 2021

Canada has, to date, issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to massive 38,657 candidates.

This number is thrice more than the ITAs issued by this time in 2020.

A large number of these invitations were from the February 13 Draw, where IRCC invited 27,332 candidates from the Express Entry’s Canadian Experience Class.

It was the biggest draw in Canadian immigration history and had the least CRS score in history with 75 points.

CRS cut-off Score for the last 10 draws 

How Express Entry Works

The Express Entry System is an immigration management system used by the IRCC for the below immigration programs:

-         Federal Skilled Worker Program

-         Federal Skilled Trades Program

-         Canadian Experience Class

Candidates applying for this program are awarded points based on age, education, experience, and language proficiency.

On top of these points, the candidates get 600 additional points if any of the 13 Canadian provinces nominate them.

Candidates with the highest score receive ITAs for permanent residency through periodical invitation rounds.

Topics: Migrate, Canada