Express Entry #184: 318 PNP candidates are invited

Express Entry #184: 318 PNP candidates are invited

Canada held its 184th Express Entry draw on  April 28. A total of 381 ITA are issued.

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in this round was 717. This CRS score may seem higher than the previous PNP- specific draw because everyone invited had previously received a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

Candidates can receive an additional 600 CRS points if they receive an invitation through an Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). This effectively guarantees they will successfully receive an ITA for permanent residence.

Since the beginning of 2021, the IRCC has only conducted express entries that target candidates who are likely to be in Canada. This is part of an effort to accept 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021. Of these, 108,500 are expected to come through express entry-managed programs.

Canada has already invited 55,771 express entry candidates in 2021. This is a significantly higher invitation than the one issued last year at the same time as the IRCC on February 13 invited every candidate who was eligible for the Canadian Experience category. According to IRCC estimates, about 90 percent of these candidates are in Canada.


PNP candidates often require work experience, study experience, or some other connection to the province to obtain enrollment. As such, these candidates already have a high proportion of candidates in the country.

On an average, IRCC holds two express entry draws every two weeks. One invites PNP-only candidates, and the other invites CEC-only candidates. The PNP draws are high score requirements due to the automatic 600-point award. CEC draws have lower score requirements because there are fewer candidates from other express entry-managed programs that compete to implement invitations (ITAS).

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied a tie break rule in today’s draw; candidates had to have submitted their profiles before March 16, 2021 at 21:20:50 UTC. This means that all candidates with CRS scores above 717, as well as those with scores of 717 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time, received an ITA.


How does Express Entry System work?

Canada’s main three categories are managed under the Express Entry System are: –

In the Express Entry system, eligible candidates for the FSWC, FSTC, CEC programs, and some Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates are scored based on the Comprehensive Ranking System, or CRS.

Candidates are ranked in the pool based on the CRS that considers 4 main factors: –

  1. Age
  2. Education
  3. Skilled work experience
  4. Proficiency in English or French

Express Entry is a two step process. In step one, candidates who are eligible under at least one of the three aforementioned skilled worker programs upload their profile onto IRCC’s website. They then get a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on their human capital such as their age, education, language skills, and work experience.

In step two, IRCC holds Express Entry draws approximately every two weeks and issues Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence to candidates with the highest CRS scores. If a candidate receives an ITA, they can go ahead and submit a permanent residence application to IRCC.

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