Express Entry draw: Provincial Nomination Program (PNP)

Express Entry draw: Provincial Nomination Program (PNP)

Date of draw: September 15, 2021
Draw number: 205
Number of Invitations issued: 521
CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 732

This is the 2nd PNP draw of September in which a total of 521 Express Entry candidates were invited by IRCC to apply for permanent residency. As per the tie-break rule, only candidates who submitted their profile before February 21, 2021 at 10:46:54 UTC were invited. If more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.

What is Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) and how does it work?

This program is for workers who:

 have the skills, education, and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory
 have other connection to the province
 want to live in that province, and
 want to become permanent residents of Canada

Each province and territory have its own “streams” (immigration programs that target certain groups) and requirements. For example, in a program stream, provinces and territories may target:

 students
 businesspeople
 skilled workers
 semi-skilled workers

How are candidates selected from the Express Entry pool?

To be considered for a provincial nomination through Express Entry-aligned PNP, the first step is to enter a profile into the Express Entry pool.

IRCC ranks candidates in the Express Entry pool using a point-based system known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The highest-ranking candidates are selected from the pool and invited to apply for permanent residence.

The CRS required in the 18th PNP Draw held on September 15, 2021 was only 732; a decrease of 32 points from the previous PNP draw held on September 01, 2021.

We can notice an up and down trend in the minimum score requirements for the PNP draws during this year. The frequency of Express Entry draws usually affects the CRS cut-off score.

CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of September 14, 2021

The numbers in this table reflect the total number of people in the pool overall, a few days before an invitation round. The score distribution may change as people submit new profiles and other profiles expire. The table numbers not in bold are a detailed breakdown of the bold number immediately above.

What is an Invitation to Apply (ITA)?

The ITA is an auto-generated correspondence issued to Express Entry candidates through their online account. The ITA is issued to candidates who rank the highest in a round of invitations, based on their score in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

Upon receipt of an ITA, invited candidates will have 60 calendar days to submit a complete application for permanent residence. This includes providing all supporting documentation up front.

Candidates with a provincial or territorial nomination certificate are awarded an additional 600 points in the CRS which can be especially important to those Express Entry candidates having a core CRS scores lower than the average cut-off scores in Federal draw invitations. The requirement for basic human capital points would have been only 132 points without the additional points from the provincial nomination.

When there is a general round of invitations, and a candidate appears eligible for multiple classes (e.g., the federal skilled worker class and the Canadian experience class), the system automatically invites the candidate to apply one of the classes namely provincial nominee class (PNC); Canadian experience class (CEC); federal skilled worker class (FSWC); and federal skilled trades class (FSTC).

The total number of invitation allocated for PNP candidates this year amounts to 9,282.

The September 14, 2021 draw is the 35th draw of 2021 and brings the total ITAs issued so far this year to 108,935. To recall, IRCC has mentioned in its Immigration Plan last year that Canada intends to admit 108,500 Express Entry candidates in 2021.

From statistics, we could notice that only two types of programs -specific Express Entry draws were held by IRCC, namely CEC and PNP throughout the pandemic situation. Candidates from both categories are more likely to already be living in Canada.

As per research conducted by IRCC it was deduced that those candidates who have a Canadian work and/or study experience can easily integrate quickly into the labour market. Around 90 per cent candidates are applying domestically. On the other hand, candidates who have been nominated by a Province often need work experience, study experience or some other connection to the province.

Draw History for the Year 2021

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