Canada | PR Visa | Express Entry Draw# 178 | Another Provincial Nominee Program draw: 183 candidates received invitations


Canada held the second Provincial Nominee draw in a row on March 17, 2021. A total of 183 candidates who were nominated by the provinces were invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada. This indicates that the most recent draw was limited to candidates who had already secured provincial nominations from Canada’s provinces.


The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required to receive an invitation in this draw was 682. Candidates who receive nominations from provinces get 600 additional points to their CRS score. Before receiving nominations from various provinces, the lowest-ranked candidates who received invitations to apply in this draw had just 82 CRS points in their Express Entry profiles.

This is the second consecutive draw, targeting only provincially nominated candidates. The previous PNP specific draw held on March 8, 2021, saw 671 candidates receiving invitations.

All the draws held so far this year have targeted provincially nominated candidates as well as the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates.

In total, 38,840 candidates received invitations in all 8 draws of this year so far.

Summary of the recent Express Entry draw

Draw date: March 17, 2021

Program: Provincial Nominee Programs

Draw Number: 178

The Number of ITAs issued in this draw: 183

Minimum CRS score required: 682

The total number of Applicants received ITA’s so far this year: 38,840

Tie-break rule applied for this draw: March 04, 2021, at 16:56:20 UTC i.e. the PNP candidates who had submitted their profile before this date and time with minimum CRS scores 682, have received invitations in this draw.

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