The PNP applicants were invited again in the latest Canada Express Entry draw. The cut off score was 745 points. Those who were invited get 600 points automatically.
On January 19, the second draw of the year was announced, and it was the PNP-only draw again by the IRCC. The Canadian government selected 1036 immigration applicants for permanent residence. In the draw, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cut off was 745 as the nomination allows the applicants with a score of 600 against the point score. The actual score requirement of the applicants is set at 145.
Since September, the IRCC has only conducted the PNP candidates draw, and the last Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates draw was on September 14.
So far in 2022, there have been 1,428 PNP candidates invited by the IRCC. The cut off has been between the range of 700-800 in the last 10 PNP-specific EE draws. The cut off for this draw was 745 points, and it was lower than the last draw of 2022, in which 808 points were required from the applicants.
On January 4, before the draw, there were 194,000 Express Entry candidates in the pool. Out of these, there were nearly 80 % applicants from the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and nearly 20 % from the Canadian experience class. The difference after roundup included the applicants in PNP and the Federal Skilled Trades Program.
The IRCC has not invented the FSWP appellants since Dec 2020, but before the pandemic, it was the most common way of inviting immigrants and meeting the targets. More than 49% of the immigrants were from FSWP in 2019, and now it has been more than a year, and the Pool has been filled up.
The backlog of the CEC applicants has also increased immensely since September 2020. Right now, they make up 20 percent of the pool earlier; it was only 6 % in June when the draws were selecting 600 applicants at a time. In 2020, the average processing of the express entry program was around nine months. Now even though it is processing 45000 applicants per month, the backlog has increased and climbed to 21,000 applications between October and December.
The major backlog has been seen in the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), where there was an increase of 4,000 applications between October and December, and the number has gone up from 51,000 to about 55,000. In December, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) backlog increased by 1,000 applications to 39,000.