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Express Entry Draw #160 | Provincial Nominee Class Specific

600 Express Entry candidates who have received provincial nominations have been invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the 160th Express Entry draw on August 19th, 2020. 43 more invitations were issued in this draw than the last PNP-specific draw. The minimum CRS cut-off score for this draw was 771. Only candidates who have been nominated through a Provincial Nominee Program will receive invitations.

Draw Number: 160
Draw Date: August 19th, 2020
Number of Invitations Issued: 600
Minimum CRS: 771
Program Specified: Provincial Nominee Program
Tie-breaking rule: July 24th, 2020

Provincial Nominees Invited

In the 160th 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 600 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued to PNP candidates with a CRS score of 771 points or higher. 43 more invitations have been issued in this draw compared to the last PNP-specific draw.

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 coronavirus pandemic, Canada has issued more ITAs through Express Entry this year than any other. So far, the Canadian federal government has invited 62,450 eligible candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence, and we are hopeful that this number will continue to rise 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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