Express Entry: Canada invited 1,070 PNP candidates
1,070 immigration PNP candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence in the third Express Entry draw of 2022.
The February 2, 2022 draw, targeted Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 674 points. It is 71 points lower than the previous draw when 1,036 PNP candidates were invited. Of course, the score cut-off is relatively high because all PNP candidates in the Express Entry pool automatically get 600 points added to their score.
In this round, the tie-break rule applied to candidates who submitted their profiles before February 18 2021 at 05:05:15 UTC.
Will all Express Entry draws be for PNP applicants?
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser made an announcement on improving the immigration system on January 31, 2022. However, he did not say when Canada would resume draws for Express Entry candidates who are eligible for other programs, such as the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). At the news conference on Parliament Hill, the Minister pointed out that the pause is temporary.
In the last months, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has:
- hired approximately 500 new processing staff,
- digitized applications, and
- reallocated work among offices around the world.
Also, IRCC plans to make 147,000 permanent residence final decisions in the first quarter of 2022. This is more than IRCC made in the same period last year.
To explore what the government has said in the past, please visit the following articles:
- Canada’s Immigration Minister Announces Major Improvements
- What to expect from Canadian immigration in 2022?
- Express Entry pool has over 154,000 FSWP candidates waiting
- Canada is investing $85 million to reduce backlogs in the immigration system
What is Express Entry?
Express Entry is an online system that Canada uses to manage applications for permanent residence under 3 programs:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP): skilled workers who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade. Applicants are normally young, highly educated, have some work experience, and know English or French.
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP): skilled workers with foreign work experience who want to immigrate to Canada permanently. Applicants in this group are normally licensed plumbers, welders, etc.
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC): skilled workers who have at least one year of full-time Canadian work experience in a professional capacity.
If you are not familiar with these options, please click the links and read the relevant articles. Regardless, you may also find the following articles helpful.
- Comparing Express Entry programs
- Minimum Requirements for Express Entry Canada
- Express Entry Points and CRS Calculator
What to do if you receive an invitation to apply?
If you were invited to apply for permanent residence, you’ll get a message in your account telling you:
- Which program you’ve been invited to apply for
- What to do next
Also, you’ll need to show proof of the information you gave in your EE profile. IRCC will assess whether the information you submit in your application is different from what was in your profile. If the information is false or left out important details, IRCC could:
- Refuse your application
- Find you inadmissible
- Bar you for 5 years from applying to come to Canada for any reason
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