A draw was held on May 25 for permanent residence applications from 589 candidates in the federal Express Entry pool.

This draw was limited to Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates invited by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

For the latest Express Entry draw, an Invitation to Apply (ITA) required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 741.

In the May 25 draw, the IRCC applied its tie-break rule. Using UTC timestamps, the time stamp used is February 02, 2022 at 12:29:53. CRS scorers who enrolled in the Express Entry pool before that date and time, as well as those with scores of 741 in the Express Entry pool, received invitations in this round.

For those seeking permanent residency in Canada, the Express Entry system manages applications for the three main economic-class programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

As a result of the introduction of travel restrictions during COVID-19, Canada shifted away from holding draws for all programs and began focusing on specific programs, such as those targeting PNP candidates. During this time, Canada’s immigration minister, Sean Fraser, announced that Canada’s Express Entry invitation rounds for FSWP and CEC applicants would resume in early July. As part of that announcement, he also announced that new candidates would be processed within six months of their application.

Express Entry Draw Canada invites 589 PNP Candidates

What is Express Entry Draw

Since Express Entry began in January 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has held 24 draws. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required in these draws have ranged from 468 to 735. On October 31, CIC held its latest draw and invited 3,350 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 468.

The Express Entry system is a three-step process for managing applications for permanent residence under three economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program.

Candidates are first assessed against a set of criteria that measure their ability to succeed in Canada. They are then given a score based on how well they do against these criteria. The highest-ranking candidates are invited to apply for permanent residence.

As a provincial nominee, how do I apply for immigration through Express Entry?

In Express Entry, candidates create a profile, which is followed by an assessment through the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). We estimate a person’s human capital by considering his or her age, education, employment history, and language skills, among other variables. If a couple is applying together, they can each receive CRS points.  Many provinces have aligned their streams with the federal Express Entry system, such as Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward and Saskatchewan. As a result, the province has access to the Express Entry pool and can search for candidates who have indicated their desire to settle on its territory and meet specific criteria.

An additional 600 CRS points are awarded to candidates who are nominated by a province.

In subsequent Express Entry draws, the top-scoring candidates are invited to apply for permanent residence.

In order to make a final decision, IRCC must assess a candidate’s application once he or she receives an invitation to apply for permanent residence (PR).

The provinces and territories themselves are responsible for establishing these programs, which allow them to identify candidates who possess the skills, education, and work experience necessary to benefit their local economies.

“Streams” of the PNP are tailored to the local needs of each province and territory.


The draw saw a decrease in the number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued compared to the previous draw on January 10, 2019, which had a cut-off CRS score of 468. Despite this, immigration experts are still confident in the express entry system and its ability to select the best and brightest candidates for Canadian permanent residence.

Since its inception, Express Entry has issued over 361,000 ITAs and admitted over 260,000 foreign nationals.