Canada held a new round of Express Entry invitations on March 2, 2022. In the latest Express Entry draw, Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a total of 1,047 invitations.

The 217th Express Entry draw only invited candidates with a confirmed provincial nomination certificate.

Draw Number: 217
Date of Draw: March 2, 2022
Number of Invitations Issued: 1047
Minimum CRS: 761
Program Specified: Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
Tie-breaking rule: January 05, 2022

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Candidates invited in today’s draw held a nominee certificate from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). While Canada temporarily pauses Federal High Skilled (FHS) draws, provinces continue to invite overseas workers through nominee programs.

Immigration levels in 2022

Canada’s immigration levels plan aims to welcome 431,645 newcomers in 2022. This is an increase of over 20,000 from Canada’s previous record-breaking targets for the year, the highest level ever targeted in Canadian history.

Included in this total, Canada plans to target 241,850 economic newcomers, including:

  • 55,900 Federal Skilled Workers, Federal Skilled Trades, and Canadian Experience Class candidates
  • 83,500 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates

How can I be nominated by a province?

Each province operates several nominee programs, each with unique eligibility requirements; many require a connection to the province to apply (work experience, a job offer, a family member, or education in the province).

There are also several provincial immigration programs available to overseas workers without any connections to Canada. Certain provincial nominee programs target individuals in the Express Entry pool with in-demand skills or work experience. These requirements usually change from draw to draw in response to labor market needs. For this reason, just by having an active Express Entry profile, there is always a possibility of receiving an invitation to apply for a nomination.

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