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392 PNP candidates invited in first Express Entry draw of 2022

PNP candidates

In Canada’s first Express Entry draw of the year held on January 5, a total of 392 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates received invitations to apply for permanent residence. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required for the candidates was 808. Though this cut-off score may appear too high, as the PNP candidates receive additional 600 CRS score points, the minimum basic score is just 208.

The IRCC has been holding PNP-specific Express Entry draws consecutively since September 2021. According to IRCC, Express Entry is now focusing on PNP candidates as immigration officers are into processing the backlog of Express Entry applications. They want to reduce the backlog before inviting candidates from other programs.

Canada Express Entry 2022

In the 2021 Federal Budget of Canada, the government proposed giving more flexibility to the immigration minister for inviting Express Entry candidates who can meet the labour market needs of the country. In the mandate letter issued to the new immigration minister Sean Fraser, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has asked to expand Express Entry immigration pathways for international students and temporary workers. So the immigration aspirants and experts are looking forward to the government implementing these changes in the current year.

Also, the new Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) system will come into effect in 2022, which will replace the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system and change the Express Entry-eligible occupations.

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is an online system for managing applications for Canada immigration under the three federal economic immigration programs, which are the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Federal Skilled Trades Program. In order to receive an Express Entry invitation, a candidate must first create an Express Entry profile. The candidate is then assessed on the basis of various human capital factors and awarded a CRS score out of 1200.

Those with the highest scores are invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada. Those with a provincial nomination hold a better chance to receive an invitation as they will have 600 additional CRS score points added to their total score. Once they receive the invitation, they may submit the complete application for Canada immigration. An IRCC officer will review the application, following which the candidates will be asked to submit their biometric details and appear for an interview. They may be also asked to submit additional documents, if necessary. Once the application is approved, the candidate will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR).

Express Entry draws in the past six months

Date Number Number of invitations issued CRS cut-off score
5-01-2022 213 392(PNP-specific) 808
23-12-2021 212 746(PNP-specific) 720
10-12-2021 211 1032(PNP-specific) 698
24-11-2021 210 613(PNP-specific) 737
11-11-2021 209 775(PNP-specific) 685
27-10-2021 208 888(PNP-specific) 744
13-10-2021 207 681(PNP-specific) 720
30-9-2021 206 761(PNP-specific) 742
15-09-2021 205 521(PNP-specific) 732
14-09-2021 204 2000(CEC-specific) 462
1-09-2021 203 635 (PNP-specific)  764
19-08-2021 202 3000(CEC-specific) 403
18-08-2021 201 463(PNP-specific) 751
05-08-2021 200 3000(CEC specific) 404
04-08-2021 199 512(PNP-specific) 760
22-07-2021 198 4500(CEC-specific draw) 357
21-07-2021 197 462(PNP-specific) 734
8-7-2021 196 4500(CEC-specific draw) 369
7-7-2021 195 627(PNP-specific) 760


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