Additional CRS points through PNP
You can receive an additional 600 CRS points if you receive an invitation through an Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). This effectively guarantees that you will successfully receive an ITA for permanent residence.
The PNP is the second primary way to enter Canada as skilled worker immigrants. Most of Canada’s provinces and territories operate their own immigrant selection systems through the PNP to welcome skilled newcomers who can help address their local labor market needs. If you meet the selection criteria of an Express Entry-aligned PNP stream, you will be eligible to obtain the additional 600 CRS points assuming you receive a provincial nomination invitation.
Record-breaking Express Entry Draws in 2020
The factual figure of record-breaking Express Entry draws in the year 2020 despite the coronavirus pandemic is a ray of sunshine for the aspiring candidates. Canada issued 107,350 ITAs last year and targets are set to increase over the coming years as Canada looks to welcome more immigrants to support its post-COVID economic recovery.
Canada’s immigration agenda is already creating a buzz as the January 6 draw invited 250 PNP candidates while the January 7 draw invited 4,750 CEC. IRCC held program-specific draws at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 with the rationale that such candidates were more likely to avoid COVID-related disruptions. However, Canada concluded 2020 with all-program draws enabling FSWP and FSTP candidates to also obtain ITAs.
IRCC has issued 5,374 ITAs to date, more than the number it issued at the same time in 2020. The figure is poised to increase further with a CEC-only draw anticipated later this week.
The latest draw saw IRCC issue more invitations and reduce the CRS cut-off score compared with the last PNP-only draw that took place on January 6 with a cut-off score of 813.
Make the most of this golden opportunity and apply for immigration to your land of dreams.