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Canada holds yet another exclusive Express Entry draw for provincial nominees

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The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 118 provincial nominees to apply for permanent residence in the latest Express Entry draw held on April 15. This is the third Express Entry draw to have held in less than a week. The April 15 draw is also the smallest draw in the history of Express Entry. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off score was 808.
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With the latest draw, the total number invitations issued in the Express Entry draws so far this year has touched 26,618. As per the Immigration Levels Plan of Canada for 2020-2022, the country aims to admit a total of 341000 new immigrants in 2020. Canada also has plans to increase PNP admissions by 20 percent by 2022.
Tie-break rule was applied in the latest Express Entry draw and the time stamp given was March 18, 2020 at 10:30:55 UTC. It means all candidates who had a minimum CRS score of 808 and submitted their profiles before the said date and time received invitations in the latest draw.
The April 15 Express Entry draw was restricted to candidates who had received nominations for Canada PR through a Provincial Nominee Program(PNP). The Express Entry candidates who obtain a provincial nomination has 600 additional CRS score points added to their total score. It implies that candidates with a CRS score of at least 208 and a provincial nomination have received invitations in the April 15 draw.
It has been more than a month since Canada has held an all-program Express Entry draw. Ever since the country imposed travel restrictions and other precautionary measures in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak, the Express Entry draws have been targeting Canada Experience Class (CEC) candidates and provincial nominees. The last two draws were held on April 9 and one among these was exclusively for provincial nominees.
Provincial Nominee Programs allow provinces to nominate candidates for permanent residence in Canada on the basis of their labour market requirements. All provinces and territories except Quebec and Nunavut have at least one stream aligned to the federal Express Entry. Ever since the last all-program draw held on March 4, several provinces including Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia have invited Express Entry candidates to apply for provincial nomination.



Express Entry draws held so far in 2020

Draw Number Date Number of ITAs issued Minimum CRS score
143 April 15 118 808(PNP-specific draw)
142 April 9 3,294 464(CEC-specific draw)
141 April 9 606 698(PNP-specific draw)
140 March 23 3232 467 (CEC-specific draw)
139 March 18   668 720(PNP-specific draw)
138 March 4 3900 471
137 February 19 4500 470
136 February 5 3500 472
135 January 22 3400 471
134 January 8 3400 473

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