In its 149th Express Entry draw, the government of Canada has invited a total of 385 provincial nominee candidates to apply for permanent residency status in Canada. The draw was held on May 27th, which was exclusively restricted for applicants who had applied under provincial nominee program. The comprehensive ranking system (CRS) score cut-off score for this draw was 757. 

Below is a comprehensive details of the draw:

Number of invitations issued: 385

Rank required to be invited to apply: 385th or above

Date and time of round: May 27, 2020 at 11:37:30 UTC

Comprehensive Ranking System score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 757

Tie-breaking rule: April 27, 2020 at 10:19:01 UTC

If more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.

In the latest Express Entry draw, the IRCC reserved the draw for only applicants who have already received a nomination through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). 

This is the sixth PNP specific draw ever since the government of Canada took special measures in response to the spread of Covid-19 on March 18, 2020. IRCC has been restricting the draws between PNP and CEC candidates because of the health crises. 

The majority of Canada Experience Class applicants are already living in Canada and, therefore, do not have to go through the procedures of entering the country and self-isolating themselves. On the other hand, PNPs continue to follow the protocols of meeting their annual immigration allocations. 

Not much clarity is given on how long IRCC will continue to restrict the draws between the two categories, making applicants under Federal Skilled Worker and Federal Skilled Trades (FST) waiting more for their turn to get the invitation. 

A tie-break rule has been applied in this latest express entry draw. All applicants with a CRS score of 757 whose application was in the pool before April 27, 2020 at 10:19:01 UTC, will also receive the invitation in this round.

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