A summary of the most important headlines from this week

 - CRS drops two points in latest all-program Express Entry draw

 - This was followed by a rare federal skilled trades draw

 - Manitoba's PNP draw issues 199 invitations

Canada holds another all-program Express Entry draw

The latest all-program Express Entry draw issued 3,900 invitations to apply for permanent residence. An all-program Express Entry draw means that candidates considered included Foreign Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) candidates, Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates, Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates and Foreign Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) candidates.

Candidates are assessed based on their age, work experience, education, language proficiency as well as other factors. They are given a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). A job offer is not required to be invited to apply, although candidates with job offers receive additional points. 

Those with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points.

In this all-program draw, candidates needed to have a minimum score of 476 to receive an invitation.

Rare Federal Skilled Trades Express Entry draw

A day after the all-program draw, Canada held a program-specific draw targeting Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) candidates. The FSTP is a permanent residence pathway aimed at foreign nationals with experience in a skilled trade.

This is a rare occurrence, as this draw marks just the seventh FSTP-specific draw since the Express Entry system was introduced in 2015.

A total of 250 invitations were issued to eligible candidates. Successful candidates needed to have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of just 415. 

These two draws means that a total of 61,850 candidates were issued invitations this year. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, this is still higher than the number of invitations issued by the same time last year.

Manitoba invited 199 candidates to apply for provincial nomination

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) issued 199 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) to eligible candidates, including skilled workers and international student graduates. An LAA is an invitation to apply for provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence. These invitations were issued under three streams: Skilled Workers in Manitoba, Skilled Workers Overseas and the International Education Stream.

Upon receiving an LAA, candidates are expected to formally apply for a provincial nomination.

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