Express Entry candidates who received a provincial nomination are now one step closer to Canadian permanent residence.

Canada invited 183 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on March 17.

Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited candidates who had a minimum score of 682. This Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement may seem high, but that is because everyone invited had previously received a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

Express Entry candidates who get a provincial nomination are automatically given 600 points on top of their original human capital score. Meaning those who had the minimum score of 682, would have originally had a CRS score of 82 without the provincial nomination.

Candidates who had the minimum score of 682 were only included if they submitted their Express Entry profile before March 4, 2021, at 16:56:20 UTC, as per the tie-break rule. IRCC publishes the cut-off time for the tie-break rule as an administrative requirement, regardless of whether there was an actual tie.

This is the second PNP-specific draw in a row. On March 8, Canada invited 671 PNP candidates to apply for permanent residence.

“This is a rare occasion of IRCC holding two consecutive PNP draws,” said Attorney David Cohen, Senior Partner of Campbell Cohen. “This suggests IRCC is committed to helping provinces and territories address their labour market needs as much as possible during the pandemic.”

So far this year, Canada has issued 38,840 Invitations to Apply (ITA).  This is about three times greater than the number of ITAs that IRCC issued at the same time last year. Due to the low numbers of new immigrants admitted in 2020, Canada has set the ambitious target of welcoming 401,000 newcomers in 2021. Canada has allocated most of the available spots for Express Entry newcomers.

News Source: CIC NEWS

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