- PNP Draws in 2021
On Wednesday, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 521 candidates to apply for permanent residence in the country under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
The invited candidates had received a nomination from a particular province or territory under PNP, which automatically added 600 additional points to their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
As a result, the CRS cut-off score for PNP candidates is always higher than the other programs. The latest draw had a CRS score requirement of at least 732 points.
After receiving the Invitation to Apply (ITA), the candidates now have 60 days to apply for a permanent residence in Canada.
In the previous PNP draw held on September 1, Canada sent ITAs to 635 immigration candidates with a CRS score above 764 points.
PNP Draws in 2021
Since the beginning of 2021, the Canadian government has held only PNP-only draws and CEC-only draws, conducting 17 CEC-only and 18 PNP-only draws to date.
The IRCC generally holds a PNP draw on Wednesday, followed by a Canadian Experience Class (CEC) draw on Thursday. However, it did not conduct the expected CEC draw on September 2 but held one this Tuesday.
The first time IRCC broke the pattern in 2021 was when the famous February 13 draw invited a whopping 27,332 CEC candidates, i.e. every CEC candidate that was eligible and in the Express Entry pool.
This draw also set a record for the lowest CRS score requirement of just 75 out of 600 points.
The IRCC has now invited a total of 108,935 immigration candidates, nearly double the number of ITAs issued last year at the same point in time. Here is a chart showing the number of ITAs issued: