Canada invited 284 PNP Candidates in Express Entry draw 180 on March 31, 2021 . Candidates needed a CRS score of at least 778 to receive an invitation in this draw.
The cut off score is higher because IRCC targeted this draw towards candidates having a provincial nomination. Only the candidates from the Provincial Nominee Program were eligible for this round of invitations.
Provincial nominees get 600 additional points in the Express Entry profile.
The last PNP draw was held on March 17, 2021. The number of PNP candidates who received invitation have increased compared to previous draw. 183 candidates received invitation in the PNP draw held on March 17 compared to 284 invitations in this draw.
Express Entry Draw 180
Program: Candidates with Provincial Nomination
Comprehensive Ranking Score: 778
Invitations issued: 284
ITA issued to 284 candidates under the “Provincial Nominee Program”. The minimum CRS points required were 778 points. The tie break date was March 16, 2021 at 16:09:32 UTC
PNP and CEC Draws to continue
Canada is yet to conduct an open draw in the current year. Canada will continue inviting only PNP and CEC candidates till pandemic travel restrictions are lifted. Based on last years trends, an all program draw might be pushed back to second half of 2021.
The goal appears to retain individuals staying and working in Canada since candidates outside the country cannot travel to Canada even if they complete all the formalities.
Canada has a goal to invite over 1.2 million immigrants over the next three years. Refer to Canada immigration target 2021-2023. With this draw, the total number of invitations issued this year has reached 44,124.
This draw will most likely be followed by a Canadian Experience Class draw either today or tomorrow.
Canada ranks Express Entry candidates in the pool using a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). About every 2 weeks, IRCC invites the top candidates in the pool to apply for permanent residence during rounds of invitations.