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Express Entry Update: Provincial Nominee Draw

On March 30, 2022, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to candidates who qualify for selection under the Provincial Nominee Class. The minimum score selected was 785, and 919 candidates were invited to apply.

To qualify for selection under the Provincial Nominee Class, candidates must have received a nomination certificate from a Canadian province or territory. Each province has its own provincial nomination system through which candidates are selected based on factors such as ties to the province and provincial labour market needs. Candidates who receive a provincial or territorial nomination certificate are awarded 600 additional points under the federal Express Entry system.

As of this date, draws under the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, and Canadian Experience Class programs remain paused. The most recent draw held under the Canadian Experience Class was on September 14, 2021, and the most recent all-program draw was held on December 23, 2020. We anticipate that draws under these programs are likely to resume later in the 2022 year. We would encourage candidates who qualify to create an Express Entry profile in order to be eligible for selection once draws resume.