Express Entry – PNP Draw – December 22, 2021

On Dec. 22, the government of Canada drew 746 candidates from the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).


The latest round of invitations for Permanent Residence had a cut-off score of 720. Obtaining a nomination through eligible PNP programs gives a candidate a 600-point boost in the Express Entry System. Candidates can apply for the PNP once they file an Express Entry application. Certain PNP streams are also open for candidates to apply directly.


From Sep. 15 onwards, there have been eight draws in a row from the PNP stream. Since January this year, the government has been drawing candidates exclusively through the PNP and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The largest draw in 2021 was through the CEC, amounting to more than 27,000 candidates. According to Express Entry pool data from Dec. 20, there were 739 candidates above 601 points.

Start Your Journey With The Express Entry System

The Express Entry system is the most popular and fastest pathway to immigrate to Canada. Prospective immigrants can start their journey by creating an Express Entry profile. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the agency administering the government’s immigration policy, will assess applicants in the pool and score them according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). At each draw, the IRCC determines the cut-off score and sends successful candidates an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Permanent Residence. Where there is more than one candidate with the cut-off score, the IRCC will give preference to those who applied first. In the Dec. 22 draw, the tie-breaking point was Nov. 24, 2021 at 16:56:42 UTC.


Applications of candidates who accept the ITA are reviewed by the IRCC. This process can take up to six months during regular service times and the IRCC may require additional documents from candidates. Approved candidates are then issued a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR), which completes the journey of immigrating to Canada.

Year In Review

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Based on October’s report by the IRCC, nearly half of this year’s Permanent Residents chose to settle in Ontario, making it the most popular destination among the provinces. The second and third places went to British Columbia and Quebec, opted for by 17 per cent and 12.6 per cent of immigrants, respectively. Nanavut had the least number of newcomers, receiving only 35 applicants.


Canada welcomed more than 401,000 Permanent Residents within 2021, marking the largest intake of newcomers since 1913. The government is targeting another 411,000 candidates for the coming year. This will include 110,500 candidates under the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Class programs.


As the country that ranked No. 1 for Quality of Life in the U.S. News survey in 2021, Canada remains one of the top destinations for newcomers. If you are considering a new life in Canada, 2022 could be your year. See whether you are eligible by filling our free assessment booking a consultation with one of our immigration consultants.

The information in this blog is not to be interpreted or construed as legal advice. Everyone’s immigration goals, objectives and situations are different. Please contact us to speak to a consultant for advice.

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