Express Entry: 284 PNP candidates invited in new draw
Canada held a new Express Entry draw on March 31, inviting 284 hopeful new immigrants to apply for permanent residence. Invited candidates needed to have a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA). For this reason, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cutoff score was 778.
The new score may seem high, especially compared to the previous draw where the cutoff score was 449, but PNP candidates automatically get an additional 600 points added to their score once they receive a provincial nomination. In other words, the lowest-scoring candidate would have had 178 CRS points without the PNP.
Candidates who had the minimum score of 778 were only included if they submitted their Express Entry profile before March 16, 2021 at 16:09:32 UTC.