Canada has just conducted a new Express Entry draw, sending invitations to 341 provincially nominated candidates.
This is the seventh draw from the federal Express Entry targeting the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) recipients, after new coronavirus steps were introduced on March 18. Canada has been between holding Express Entry draws targeting applicants of the PNP and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) alternatively.
PNP candidates are awarded an additional 600 points in the Express Entry pool, in addition to their original score for human capital. For this reason the minimum score requirement for the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) was 743 to receive Invitations to Apply (ITA) in this draw.
Over the past few weeks PNPs have been active with invitation rounds taking place in most provinces of Canada.
Since the beginning of May, altogether the provinces have issued more than 2000 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.
June is shaping up to be another busy month for PNPs, with some notable developments from different provinces anticipated. PNP draws have already been held in Ontario, Manitoba and B.C in recent days.
Usually those targeting CEC candidates have far lower CRS cut-offs unlike PNPS The last CEC-only draw invited candidates with CRS scores of just 440, the lowest requirement since January 2019 for those candidates.
Summary of the recent Express Entry draw
Draw date: June 10, 2020.
Program: Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
Draw Number: 151
The Number of candidates invited: 341
Minimum CRS score required: 743
The total number of Applicants received ITA’s so far this year: 42,441
Tie-break rule applied for this draw: April 14, 2020, at 13:25:51 UTC i.e. the candidates with 743 score and have submitted their profile before this date and time have received the ITA.
Immigration goals are on track so far to surpass the levels of last year. Despite travel restrictions in effect, this year more ITAs were still issued than in 2019 at the same time.