November 30 Express Entry Draw Invites Candidates With Provincial Nomination to Apply for Immigration to Canada
The first draw after recent changes to Canada’s Express Entry immigration selection system came into force has seen only those candidates with a provincial nomination certificate invited to apply for permanent residence. A provincial nomination is not required in order to enter the Express Entry pool or to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.
This is the first time in the history of Express Entry that candidates with a provincial nomination certificate, issued by a province through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), have been singled out in a program-specific draw.
The only other previous program-specific draw took place in February, 2015, when candidates in the pool eligible under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) were issued an ITA.
Every other Express Entry draw has seen candidates invited to apply based on their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score only, without regard to which immigration program they may be eligible under. At the recent Annual Immigration Law Summit, held in Toronto, representatives from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) indicated that program-specific draws may take place.