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Express Entry Draw #156 | Provincial Nominee Class Specific

557 Express Entry candidates who have received provincial nominations have been invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the 156th Express Entry draw on July 22nd, 2020. 165 more invitations were issued in this draw than the last PNP-specific draw. The minimum CRS cut-off score for this draw was 687, down 9 points from the last Provincial Nominee-specific draw. Only candidates who have been nominated through a Provincial Nominee Program will receive invitations.

Draw Number: 156
Draw Date: July 22nd, 2020
Number of Invitations Issued: 557
Minimum CRS: 687
Program Specified: Provincial Nominee Program
Tie-breaking rule: November 11th, 2019

Provincial Nominees Invited

In the 156th Express Entry draw, the IRCC limited the draw to invite only candidates who have already received a nomination through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

This draw saw 557 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued to PNP candidates with a CRS score of 687 points or higher. The CRS cut-off score has dropped 9 points since the last PNP-specific draw, and 165 more invitations have been issued.

Each province, with the exception of Quebec, operates several PNP streams. These streams are designed by the provinces to help meet their unique immigration goals, so the eligibility criteria and application procedures vary. However, PNPs are a popular option because they can be the fastest pathway to Canadian permanent residence.

In spite of the continued uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, we are glad to see that the Canadian government is still holding Express Entry draws. Immigration plays an important role in Canada, and we hope to see these numbers continue to climb in the coming months.

Anya Leibovitch

Anya Leibovitch is a writer, editor, and translator based in Montreal. She writes about the city’s tech and literary scene, as well as immigration.

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