The 195th Express Entry draw has targeted the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), inviting 627 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
Draw Number: 195
Date of Draw: July 7th 2021
Number of Invitations Issued: 627
Minimum CRS: 760
Program Specified: Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
Tie-breaking rule: June 14th, 2021
What is a PNP Express Entry draw?
To receive an invitation in today’s Express Entry PNP draw, candidates must receive a nomination from an Express Entry-aligned PNP. Once a candidate receives a nomination, their CRS score increases by an additional 600 points. As a result, nominees are essentially guaranteed to receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence.
Many provinces hold draws and invite candidates directly from the Express Entry pool to apply for nomination. These draw requirements often change from draw to draw in response labour market needs. Therefore, just by having an Express Entry profile, there is always a chance of receiving a invitation to apply for nomination.
When will the next Federal Skilled Worker draw be held?
Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) candidates were holding their breath today in hopeful anticipation of an all-program draw. Following the gradual re-opening of the Canadian borders, FSW applicants eagerly await the resumption of non-specified draws in which their profiles will be targeted. While there is no news from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) when the FSW draws will resume, it will likely become clearer as Canada continues to open in a multi-phase approach.
In the meantime, IRCC continue holding PNP and CEC specific Express Entry draws. During the pandemic, provinces continue to use nominee programs to fill labour market gaps. Moreover, with the Federal Skilled Worker draws on hold, PNPs are able to be more selective in the candidates they choose, targeting higher CRS scores or more competitive profiles.