Canada has just held a new Express Entry draw, inviting 341 PNP immigration candidates with provincial nominations.
This is the seventh draw targeting Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates from the federal Express Entry system since special COVID-19 measures went into place on March 18. Canada has been simultaneously holding Express Entry draws selecting PNP and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates.
The 341 PNP immigration candidates in the Express Entry pool are awarded an extra 600 points on top of their original human capital score. This is why the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirements was 743 to receive Invitations in this draw. Without the additional points from the provincial nominations, invited Express Entry candidates would have had a human capital score of 143.
PNPs have been active over the past few months, with invitation rounds taking place in most provinces in Canada.
Combined, the provinces have rolled out more than 2000 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence since the start of May.
June is expected to be another busy month for PNPs, with some notable developments expected from various provinces. In recent days, Manitoba, Ontario, and British Columbia have already carried out PNP draws.
Unlike PNP draw, those targeting CEC candidates normally have a much lower CRS cutoff. The previous CEC-only draw invited candidates with CRS scores of only 440, the lowest requirements for these candidates since January 2019.
A tie-break rule was used in this draw. All candidates with a CRS score of at least 743 who lodged their profile before April 14, 2020, at 13:25:51 UTC, received an invitation in this round.
Draws dates have also become quite unpredictable. Earlier in the year, all-program draws that covered the Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and CEC candidates, happened every two weeks. Now that Canada’s immigration ministry is holding targeted draws, they may happen hours or days apart.
So far immigration targets are on course to surpass last year’s levels. Even with travel restrictions in place, there have still been more invitations rolled out this year than at the same time in 2019. As at June 10, a total of 42,441 Express Entry applicants have been invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence in 2020.
Canadian immigration is managed and controlled by the federal government. Express Entry is the government’s system for managing immigration applications for three major economic-class programs: Federal Skilled Trades, Federal Skilled Workers, and Canadian Experience Class.
The people who are qualified for one of these programs lodged their profile into the Express Entry pool, where they are allotted a CRS score based on their human capital factors such as age, work experience, educational qualifications, and language ability in English or French.
The highest-ranked candidates are then invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence via regular Express Entry draws.