Immigration, Refugee, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted a new Express Entry draw for candidates in the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). A total of 681 candidates were invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Candidates who have been invited in this draw had a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 720 points.

PNP candidates who are nominated by a province earn an extra 600 points on the CRS. As a result, the CRS cut-off for these draws is generally substantially higher than for other federal programs.

What is Express Entry?
Express Entry is a Canadian immigration system which aims to manage skilled worker applications under the following Federal Economic programs:

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSTP)
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSWP)
Canada Experience Class (CEC)
Express-Entry Aligned Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs)

Express Entry implements a points-based system known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to provide a score to each candidate’s profile. Those who received the highest points will be given an Invitation to Apply (ITA) which they can use to apply for permanent residency.

The candidate can bypass the PNP procedure by applying straight through the Express Entry and subsequently receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA). If the applicant has a provincial nomination, however, he will be assured an application to apply for Canadian permanent residency from IRCC after obtaining additional 600 points.

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