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Canada Invites Provincial Nominees In Latest Express Entry Draw


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.

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.

Before coronavirus changed the Canadian immigration landscape, Express Entry draws in 2020 happened fairly regularly every two weeks. Since March 18, however, we’re starting to see a more irregular pattern of draws. Whereas before draws typically included candidates from all streams, the past four draws, including this one, have either targeted provincial nominees or Canadian Experience Class candidates.

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