Invited candidates had a provincial nomination from Canadian provinces. Therefore, the Comprehensive Ranking System score requirement was 717. Candidates already had 600 points because of securing provincial nomination. So, they required only 117 points in the express entry round. The cut-off CRS score required in this draw was as many as 36 points lower than the score required in the previous PNP express entry draw.
However, candidates with 717 CRS points were invited only if their profiles were in the express entry pool of candidates before the tie break date and time: March 16, 2021, at 21:20:50 UTC.
Canadian provinces issue provincial nominations to immigration candidates based on their regional labor market requirements. Provincial Nominations are crucial as without them labor shortages in the provinces may be overpassed by the federal government.
Canada has conducted PNP and CEC-specific Express Entry Draws only since the start of 2021. It is evident that IRCC is targeting immigration candidates who are presently living in Canada.
IRCC has the target of welcoming around 401,000 new immigrants as permanent residents in 2021. A total of 108,500 candidates will come through the Express Entry Immigration System.
As of today, Canada has issued 55,771 invitations through express entry draws. These numbers are high this time because IRCC invited more than 25,000 CEC candidates in the February Express Entry Draw.
Date of draw: 28th April
No. of invitations: 381
The program involved: Express Entry-PNP
Minimum CRS score required: 717