Canada issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence to 1,036 candidates in the January 19 Express Entry PNP draw. This is Canada’s biggest PNP draw ever, breaking the record of 1,032 set in December 2021.
Candidates in the January 19 Express Entry PNP draw were nominated by a Canadian province, under Provincial Nominee Programs. Also, they scored at least 745 points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
A candidate’s CRS score is based on factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.
Individual applicant or a couple may get CRS points. Candidates do not need to have any experience in Canada in order to get ITA for permanent residence.
What is Canada Express Entry Immigration System?
Express Entry is the application system that Canada uses to manage skilled worker applications. It also is the most popular way to immigrate to Canada.
Express Entry draws for Canada permanent residence occur regularly, but approximately every two weeks.
In each draw, Canada issues qualified candidates from the Express Entry pool an invitation to apply for permanent residence.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) approves your application and you complete the landing process. Thereafter, you are officially a Canadian permanent resident.
To enter the federal Express Entry pool, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile on IRCC website.
You do not need a job offer to enter or be selected from the Express Entry pool. However, IRCC awards additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score points to those who already have a job.
Your CRS is a numerical value, out of a possible 1,200. It is generally determined by your core human capital. This is essentially your
- work experience
- educational background
- ability to adapt, and as well as,
- language skills
Importantly, only a limited number of candidates with the highest CRS points in the pool get Invitations to Apply (ITAs).
Canada PNPs and the Express Entry system
Canadian provinces do not have the power to give permanent residency status. However, they can nominate you for PR in the federal government’s Express Entry system.
A total of 1,200 points is available under Express Entry. You immediately get 600 points if you are nominated by a province. See Provincial Immigrant Nomination Programs (PNPs).
How does PNP nomination help your Canada immigration application?
The 600 CRS points from a PNP nomination virtually guarantee that you will receive an ITA in an Express Entry draw.
For example, Henry has a bachelor’s degree. He’s been working in the financial industry for five years. Henry has never worked or studied in Canada.
Henry entered the Express Entry pool with a CRS score of 380. However, he recently obtained a provincial nomination through Ontario Immigrant Nomination Program (OINP). As a result IRCC awards him additional 600 points.
Consequently, Henry’s total CRS score jumps to 980 points! This is well above the minimum CRS score of 745 required for Henry to get an ITA during the latest draw.
How to improve your Express Entry CRS score
An Express Entry candidate typically needs a CRS score of 470-490 points in a regular draw to receive an invitation. Provincial Nominee draws require typically over 700 points due to the bonus 600 points.
To get to these higher scores candidates need to maximize their points on all available factors.