Now, Canada has conducted a new Express Entry draw for applicants to the Provincial Nominee Scheme (PNP) on June 24. A total of 392 invitations have been issued to apply for Permanent Resident. This draw featured a minimum score of 696 points of the Detailed Ranking System (CRS).
Each of these candidates had previously won provincial endorsements and awarded a further 600 points against their overall score. It means the nominee would have had a CRS of 96 without the Provincial nomination.
To determine which Express Entry applicants will have a high probability of succeeding in the Canadian labour market, the CRS rates human resource variables such as age, job experience, schooling and official language skills.
Canada’s Express Entry system administers applicant profiles for three of Canada’s major economic-level immigration systems — the Federal Skilled Worker Level, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class.
In this draw, a tie-break rule had been applied. In this round, all candidates with a CRS score of at least 696 who submitted their profile at 10:39:30 UTC before April 23, 2020, received an ITA.
Canada has held regular Express Entry draws targeted at provincial nominees and Canadian Experience Class candidates since the government announced special coronavirus measures restricting travel on March 18.
So far, the Canadian government has organized 15 draws through these two programs and given tens of thousands of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residency in Canada.
Currently, immigration targets are on track to surpass the rates of last year. Despite the travel restrictions, this year more ITAs have been issued than in 2019 at the same time. A total of 46,392 main applicants have been invited to apply for permanent residence in 2020 as of June 24.
Recent weeks have also witnessed an unprecedented amount of activity among the provincial nominee streams connecting Express Entry to Canada. In the past seven days alone, Canada’s provinces have contacted more than a thousand Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.
These streams allow Canadian provinces and territories to select candidates through the federal Express Entry program that meet their individual labour market needs and nominate them for permanent residence in Canada.
The first step is to apply an Express Entry Profile to be considered for a provincial nomination via one of Canada’s Express Entry-linked sources.