Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently held its 15th consecutive Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw. IRCC sent 919 invitations to apply (ITAs) to candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 785 or higher. The CRS score increased by 31 points compared to the previous PNP draw held on March 16th, 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 has 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 COVID-19 pandemic and Canada’s travel restrictions, IRCC shifted the focus of draws to the Canadian Experience Class and the Provincial Nominee Program, as candidates from these streams were more likely to already be in Canada. However, IRCC has not held a CEC draw since September 14, 2021.
In today’s draw, IRCC applied its tie-breaking rule with the timestamp of March 30, 2022, at 15:41:09 UTC, meaning candidates with a score of 785 are invited to apply if they had submitted their Express Entry profile before the tie-breaking rule.
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