Express Entry draw #217: 1,047 PNP candidates invited
The March 2nd draw targeted Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 761 points. It is 51 points higher than the previous draw. 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 January 05, 2022, at 14:22:03 UTC. Invited candidates now have 60 days to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
It is important to mention that this is the fourth time in a row that a PNP draw has broken a record for most invitations:
- February 16, 2022: 1,082 Express Entry candidates
- February 2, 2022: 1,070 Express Entry candidates
- January 19, 2022: 1,036 Express Entry candidates
Canada to Welcome 431,645 Permanent Residents in 2022
Canada is targeting high levels of newcomers to support its population, labour force, and economic growth. In 2022, Canada will welcome 431,645 new immigrants in the following categories:
- Economic: 241,850
- Family: 105,000
- Refugees and Protected Persons: 76,545
- Humanitarian and Other: 8,250
So far, most of the Express Entry draws have been for PNP candidates only. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has not invited CEC candidates since September 2021. Moreover, we haven’t seen an FSWP draw since December 2020.
In November 2021, IRCC explained that in order to support its target of welcoming 401,000 immigrants to Canada, it had to stop FSWP invitations. Parsai Immigration tried to contact the office of the Minister of Immigration; however, we have not had any response.
To explore what the government has said about Express Entry draws, please visit the following articles:
- 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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