Canada invited 557 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on May 12.
Express Entry candidates needed a score of at least 752 in order to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA). They also needed to have previously received a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Any time someone gets a provincial nomination through an Express Entry-linked PNP, they automatically get 600 points added to their score. This is why the score requirement was so high. Without the nomination, the lowest-scoring candidate would have had a score of 152.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) publishes a cutoff time for the tie-break rule as an administrative requirement, regardless of whether there was an actual tie. In the new draw, candidates who had the minimum score were only invited if they submitted their Express Entry profile before April 29, 2021 at 10:18:12 UTC.
“Having Canadian experience prior to landing gives PNP candidates an edge in the labour market,” said David Cohen, Senior Attorney of Campbell Cohen. “Studies have shown about two thirds of PNP candidates who become permanent residents have work prior experience in Canada, and the majority are employed in their first year.”