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  • Canada invites provincial nominees in latest Express Entry draw

    Canada has held another round of Express Entry invitations, inviting candidates who had provincial nominations.

    Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 118 invitations to Express Entry candidates on April 15. Invited candidates required a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 808.

    All of these candidates had previously received provincial nominations and were awarded an additional 600 points toward their overall score. This means without the provincial nomination the candidate would have had a CRS of 208.

    To be clear, if you were an Express Entry candidate in the pool who obtained at least a 208 on the human capital characteristics of your CRS score, plus a provincial nomination, you would have received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in this draw.


    The CRS ranks human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and official language proficiency in order to determine which Express Entry candidates would have a high likelihood of succeeding in the Canadian labour market.

    The highest-scoring candidates are then invited through regular Express Entry draws. Since the government announced special coronavirus measures restricting travel on March 18, Canada has held Express Entry draws targeting provincial nominees and Canadian Experience Class candidates. The last two Express Entry draws both occurred on April 9, just six days ago. One was also a provincial nominee program-specific draw.

    Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) allow Canadian provinces to nominate individuals who support their regional labour market and population objectives. Most Canadian provinces and territories have PNPs aligned with Express Entry, except for Quebec and Nunavut.

    Since the previous all-program draw held on March 4, several of Canada’s Express Entry-aligned provincial nomination streams have issued invitations, including streams in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

    Canada’s various PNP streams have already held more than 30 draws since the start of 2020.

    Express Entry is not a program itself, rather an application management system for three federal immigration programs: the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Federal Skilled Trades Program.

    The April 15 Express Entry draw brings the total number of ITAs issued this year to 26,618, which is more than there were on the same date last year and the year before.

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