Canada held a new Express Entry draw, inviting 940 candidates to apply for permanent residence on June 9.
All invited candidates had previously received a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). This is why the score cutoff was relatively high at 711, because all PNP candidates in the Express Entry pool automatically get 600 points added to their score. Without the nomination, the lowest-scoring candidate would have had just 111 points.
As per administrative requirements, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) published a cutoff time for the tie-break rule, whether or not there was any actual tie. In the new draw, candidates who had the minimum score were only invited if they submitted their Express Entry profile before February 16, 2021 at 09:06:30 UTC.
In the previous PNP-only draw, Canada invited 500 candidates, and the score requirement was 713 points. This draw almost doubled the number of invites, and the cutoff score dipped two points.