Over one thousand candidates who had previously received a provincial nomination were selected during the draw and can now apply for their permanent residency.
Canada holds new PNP draw and breaks a record (again)
The pattern of holding Express Entry draw for PNP candidates continues into the new year
A new Express Entry was held by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on January 19, 2022.
A total of 1,036 candidates who had previously received a provincial nomination were selected during the draw and can now apply for their permanent residency.
Since the draw targeted Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates who previously received an additional 600 points on their CRS score, the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required was 745.
The score requirement for this draw was lower than the previous draw held on January 5 when the CRS cut-off was at 808.
IRCC has also stopped selecting candidates from the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) even though they make up approximately 80% of the Express Entry pool. The last draw for FSWP candidates was held in December 2020.
This is due to pandemic-related restrictions and complications. In the three weeks since the start of the new year, IRCC has already issued 1,428 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to eligible candidates.