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Nisha Uppal

Mar 30, 2022

Once again, Canada’s latest Express Entry draw has invited candidates nominated under a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

In the latest Express Entry draw, Canada invited 919 candidates to apply for permanent residence status.
The 219th Express Entry draw targeted individuals holding a provincial nomination certificate.

Draw Number: 219
Date of Draw: March 30, 2022
The number of Invitations Issued: 919
Minimum CRS: 785
Program Specified: Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
Tie-breaking rule: November 15, 2021

Once again, Canada’s latest Express Entry draw has invited candidates nominated under a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued invitations to PNP candidates with a profile in the Express Entry pool on March 30, 2022.

Provincial nominees receive an additional 600 points toward their CRS score; that means that the lowest ranking candidate in today’s draw had a CRS score of just 185 before being nominated by a PNP.

Canada put a temporary pause on Federal High Skilled Worker (FHS) draws as they work at eliminating a backlog of applications. In the meantime, IRCC continues to hold PNP-specific draws for candidates that have been nominated by a province. However, in a recent interview, Canada’s immigration minister hinted that Federal Skilled Worker draws may resume as early as this spring.

Provincial programs often target individuals with experience and skills that would benefit their province and can provide an immigration option to candidates that may not have otherwise been invited in a federal draw.

Canada’s immigration levels plan aims to welcome 431,645 newcomers in 2022. This is an increase of over 20,000 from Canada’s previous record-breaking targets for the year, and the highest level ever targeted in Canadian history.

Included in this total, Canada plans to target 241,850 economic newcomers, including:
• 55,900 Federal Skilled Workers, Federal Skilled Trades, and Canadian Experience Class candidates
• 83,500 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates

Each province operates several nominee programs, each with unique eligibility requirements; many require a connection to the province to apply (work experience, a job offer, a family member, or education in the province).

There are also several provincial immigration programs available to overseas workers without any connections to Canada. Certain provincial nominee programs target individuals in the Express Entry pool with in-demand skills or work experience. These requirements usually change from draw to draw in response to labour market needs. For this reason, just by having an active Express Entry profile, there is always a possibility of receiving an invitation to apply for a nomination.


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