IRCC Holds second PNP-Targeted Express Entry Draw, Issuing 1,499 ITAs

Author: John Black | | Categories: Express Entry

second PNP-Targeted Express Entry Draw

On June 19, 2024, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted the second PNP-targeted express entry draw of the year. This significant event saw IRCC issuing 1,499 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to candidates within the PNP category. The cut-off Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for this draw, round #298, was set at 663 points—13 points lower than the previous PNP draw.

Key Highlights of the second PNP-Targeted Express Entry Draw

  • Lower CRS Cut-off Score: The cut-off score of 663 points marks a notable decrease of 13 points from the last draw specific to PNP candidates. This reduction potentially opens up opportunities for more candidates to receive ITAs, enhancing their chances of securing permanent residency in Canada.
  • Tie-breaking Rule: The tie-breaking rule for this round was implemented for profiles submitted before January 19, 2024, at 10:10:40 UTC. This rule plays a crucial role in determining which candidates receive ITAs when multiple candidates have the same CRS score, providing a fair and transparent selection process.
  • Current Express Entry Pool Statistics: As of May 30, 2024, the Express Entry pool consisted of 224,940 registered profiles. This extensive pool reflects the growing interest and competition among individuals aspiring to immigrate to Canada through various Express Entry streams, including the PNP.
  • 2024 ITAs Issued So Far: In 2024 alone, Canada has already issued 43,454 invitations through regular Express Entry draws. This figure underscores the Canadian government’s commitment to attracting skilled immigrants to support the country’s economic growth and demographic needs.

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Importance of PNP in Canada’s Immigration Landscape

The Provincial Nominee Program allows Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and are interested in settling in a specific province. PNP-targeted draws are crucial as they enable provinces to address their unique labor market needs and demographic challenges by selecting candidates who are more likely to integrate successfully into the local economy and community.

What is the Express Entry System?

The Federal Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) are Canada’s three most well-known economic immigration programs. All three are managed by the application management system Express Entry.

In order to assess applicants based on human capital factors including age, job experience, language proficiency, profession, and education, each of these programs uses the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The system takes into account an applicant’s spouse or partner to be included in the application. Each factor has specific points, and these points are added up to calculate a candidate’s overall CRS score.

The latest PNP-targeted Express Entry draw by IRCC on June 19, 2024, marks a pivotal moment for many aspiring immigrants. With 1,499 ITAs issued and a lower cut-off score of 663, this draw highlights Canada’s ongoing efforts to attract and retain skilled individuals through its Provincial Nominee Program. As the Express Entry pool continues to grow, candidates are encouraged to strategically enhance their profiles to increase their chances of receiving an ITA in future draws.

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