Canada invited 589 PNP candidates with CRS 692 to apply for permanent residence

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EXPRESS ENTRY DRAW (PNP) #145: April 29, 2020

In latest Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) – specific Express Entry draw held on April 29, 2020, Canada invited a total of 589 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 692.

All these invited candidates had previously received nominations under Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). The provincial nomination awarded them an additional 600 points toward their CRS score, which means without the nomination candidate would have had a score of only 92.

The minimum CRS score drawn in this draw is the lowest for a PNP specific Express Entry draw held so far this year.

Despite the fact that Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has to deviate from its regularly scheduled Express Entry draws after the federal government implemented special measures to curb the spread of coronavirus outbreak in Canada; invitations have consistently been issued to provincial nominees and Canadian Experience Class immigration program candidates.

Since March 18, 2020 – the day COVID-19 travel restrictions were put in place, several of Canada’s provinces including Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and British Columbia have held regular Express Entry-aligned provincial nomination stream draws.

 IRCC used its tie-break rule in this draw and the time stamp used was March 11, 2020 at 13:46:21. This means that all candidates with a CRS score of above 692, as well as those candidates with scores of 629 who submitted their profile before this time received an Invitation to apply (ITA) in this invitation round.

Express Entry system is Canada’s main source of skilled foreign workers. It manages immigration applications for three Federal High Skilled economic class immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades (FST), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

In order to be considered for these programs, a candidate needs to first submit an Express Entry profile. All eligible candidates are entered into the Express Entry pool and are ranked against one another based on a CRS score, which assigns each candidate a score out of 1200 points on the basis of factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

IRCC then invites a set number of the highest-ranked candidates from the pool to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws.

April 29 draw was the 12th of 2020 that brought the total number of ITAs issued this year so far to 30,989.

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