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Express Entry draw invites PNP candidates with minimum CRS score of 717

Express Entry Draw

In the 184thheld on April 28, Canada invited 381 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence. The draw that specifically targeted provincial nominees had the Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) cut-off score at 717. Notably, this is the lowest CRS cut-off score in any Provincial Nominee Program-specific Express Entry draw of 2021..


A tie-break rule was applied and only those candidates who had submitted their Express Entry profile before March 16, 2021 at 21:20:50 UTC received invitations in the draw. By conducting PNP-specific draws, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC) is aiming to meet the labour market requirements of the provinces. In the year 2021, Canada is planning to admit 401000 new immigrants to the country. Of these, 108500 immigrants will be admitted through Express Entry. So far this year, Canada has invited 55771 Express Entry candidates.

Express Entry immigration through PNP

The PNP immigration programs give priority to candidates who have previous work or education experience or any other connections to the respective province. For the past few months, the IRCC follows and a specific pattern for Express Entry draws where they alternately target Canadian Experience Class candidates and Provincial Nominee Program candidates. PNP candidates usually require a higher CRS score  because, along with provincial nomination, they receive 600 additional CRS score points. For example, if a candidate’s basic CRS score is 117, they receive an additional 600 score points when nominated by a province. With a total score of 717, they stand a chance to receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada if the CRS cut-off score is 717.

Express Entry draws in 2021

Date Number Number of invitations issued CRS cut-off score
28-4-2021 184 381(PNP-specific) 717
16-4-2021 183  6000(CEC-specific) 417
15-4-2021 182 266(PNP-specific) 753
1-4-2021 181 5000(CEC-specific) 432
31-3-2021 180 284(PNP-specific) 778
18-3-2021 179 5000(CEC-specific) 449
17-3-2021 178 183 (PNP-specific) 682
8-3-2021 177 671(PNP-specific) 739
13-2-2021 176 27332(CEC-specific)  75
10-2-2021 175 654(PNP-specific) 720
21-1-2021 174 4626(CEC-specific) 454
20-1-2021 173 374(PNP-specific) 741
8-1-2021 172 4750(CEC-specific) 461
6-1-2021 171 250(PNP-specific) 813


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