Canada Express Entry: 761 ITAs sent to PNP candidates in latest draw

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Canada sent out 761 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates in its latest Express Entry draw on Wednesday, Sept. 29, with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score 10 points higher than in the previous such draw.

On Sept. 15, the Express Entry draw required a minimum CRS score of 732. This week, the latest draw demanded a  minimum CRS score of 742.

This latest draw comes roughly two weeks after Canada conducted an Express Entry draw in which it issued 521 ITAs to PNP candidates.

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With the latest PNP draw, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has now issued 109,696 ITAs, a record number.

The previous calendar year record came in 2020, when 107,350 were issued. Before 2020, the previous record for ITAs in a calendar year was the 89,800 issued in 2018.


During the coronavirus crisis, IRCC has switched to draws focused on PNP and CEC candidates, given they are more likely to already be in the country as temporary residents.

Canada set a new record for total ITAs in 2020 at 107,350, despite the year being marred by COVID-19. 

On Feb. 24 this year, IRCC implemented its tie-breaking rule which states that if more than one candidate has the minimum CRS score, only those who submitted their Express Entry profiles before this date and time received invitations.

This was the 36th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2021 and 206th overall.

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is an immigration system implemented by the IRCC on Jan. 1, 2015 which manages skilled worker applications under Federal Economic programs. This includes the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program the Canada Experience Class and parts of the Provincial Nomination Programs.

Stakeholders expect to see continued high numbers of invitations issued as Canada builds towards its target of more than 400,000 new permanent residents in 2021, with CRS scores likely to drop.

With the coronavirus crisis striking in March 2020, Canada switched to program-specific draws aimed at Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Program candidates. This had the effect of significantly increasing the number of individual draws beyond previous years.

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What Can Employers Do to Recruit Foreign Workers?

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What Should Candidates Do Next?

Given the coronavirus crisis, it is difficult to predict what CRS scores will be required to secure an ITA in 2021. Scores have dropped as low as 75 for CEC draws.

However, securing an approved offer of employment is highly recommended. Watch our Facebook livestream video on how to find jobs in Canada from overseas.

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