Express Entry

500 PNP candidates receive invitation to become permanent residents

Over 4,000 Express Entry candidates can now apply for permanent residency after IRCC holds new draw.


Less than a week after holding a surprise Canadian Experience Class (CEC) specific draw, IRCC held a second draw on May 26, 2021.

The purpose of this draw was to issue invitations to candidates who had previously received a nomination through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 500 candidates to apply for their permanent residency. To qualify for the draw, applicants had to meet a minimum score requirement of 713 or higher.

The score requirement may seem high but it’s actually quite low since candidates who were successful in their provincial nomination automatically had 600 points added to their existing Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. This means, the real score is actually 113 (which is very feasible).

When compared to the last PNP-only draw, IRCC issued less invitations this time around and also had a lower score requirement. During the May 12 draw, 557 candidates with a minimum CRS of 752 received invitations to apply (ITA).

A cutoff time was published by IRCC for the tie-break rule. Candidates who submitted their Express Entry profile by April 6, 2021 at 09:50:14 UTC were considered for the draw. Any profiles submitted after this time was ineligible.

Canada’s immigration priorities

The near back to back draws held by IRCC should come as no surprise as the Canadian federal government has made it clear immigration is a top priority. Given the steep decrease in immigration numbers in 2020, the federal government has been focusing on issuing as many invitations as they can to eligible and qualified candidates.

IRCC has been holding regular CEC and PNP specific draws and inviting candidates who are already living and working in Canada.

Reason being, the pandemic related travel restrictions are preventing approved permanent residents from completing their landing in Canada which is having a significant effect on Canada’s immigration numbers.

For 2021, Canada intends to welcome 108,500 newcomers through Express Entry programs and five months into the year, they are more than halfway there. To date, a total of 68,817 Express Entry candidates have received ITAs.

By focusing on individuals already living in Canada, the government is well on its way to meeting its immigration targets for this year.

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