Today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its 10th consecutive Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw. The second Express Entry draw of 2022 was the largest PNP-specific draw ever issued. IRCC sent 1,036 invitations to apply (ITAs) to candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 745. The CRS score decreased by 63 points compared to the previous PNP draw held on January 5th, 2022.
The PNP aligns with the federal Express Entry system. Candidates who receive a provincial nomination automatically obtain an additional 600 CRS points. The program is designed for workers who have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory. Each province and territory have their own “streams” which may vary depending on the province’s needs.
2021 was the first year in the history of Express Entry where no Federal Skilled Worker Program candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence. Due to the pandemic and travel restrictions, IRCC shifted focus to frequent draws for the Canadian Experience Class and the Provincial Nominee Program, as candidates from these streams are likely to already be in Canada.
IRCC applied its tie-breaking rule with the timestamp of July 05, 2021, at 13:12:05 UTC. Meaning candidates with a minimum score of 745, are invited to apply if they had submitted their Express Entry profile before the tie-breaking rule.
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