How to get ITA through a Program-Specific Express Entry Draw

In 2021, the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has opened program-specific Draws only and no all-program draw opened this year until date. This has raised concern for many Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) category candidates, as they are not able to get the ITA (Invitation to Apply) for Canadian Permanent Residency (PR) from Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Hence, the applicants are even exploring the possibilities of obtaining the ITA through a program-specific draw only. Is it possible? Let us find out.

Obtaining ITA through a Program-Specific EE Draw

At now, the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is opening the program-specific draws for either Canadian Experience Class (CEC) category or Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) category. Let us first discussed the possibilities of getting ITA via CEC draw. CEC draw The CEC category draw IRCC is opening for those candidates, who already have Canadian work experience and are staying in Canada only at the moment. Hence, this draw is only beneficial for you if you already have Canadian work experience. PNP draw The Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is also opening draw for the Express Entry candidates, who have obtained provincial nomination through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Anyone, who has relatively low CRS score in Express Entry system, can choose to apply for a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Also read- How to apply in a PNP- Find out the program, process and requirements If you apply to a PNP and receive a nomination from that particular province, you become eligible to get 600 extra CRS points in your account. Now this PNP pathway is your best chance to enhance your CRS point scoreand subsequently, get the ITA (Invitation to Apply) for Canadian PR visa. Find below a few popular Canadian PNPs:

  • Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
  • Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
  • Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
  • Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
  • Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
  • Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP), etc.

If you have obtained provincial nomination through any of these PNPs, and received 600 points, you have every chance of getting the ITA (Invitation to apply) for Canada PR visa. If you wish to apply for the most appropriate PNP, based on your profile, you may contact qualified and trusted Canada immigration expert at Visas Avenue- the leading and registered Visa Consultancy company in India. You may call VA expert on Toll-Free No. 78-18-000-777 or you can drop us an e-mail at