Second time in Canada immigration history, since 2015, an Express Entry draw was conducted for the Canada Experienced Class (CEC). The draw took place on March 23, 2020. It invited those who have at least a year’s work experience in Canada in the 3 years before applying. The candidate must have experience in skilled jobs from Canada to apply for Permanent Residence. These job areas are:
- Technical jobs and skilled trades (skill type B)
- Professional jobs (skill type A)
- Managerial jobs (skill level 0)
The candidate’s work experience can be in one or more of these areas.
Invitations to Apply (ITA) were sent to 3,232 candidates. They now could apply for Permanent Residence in Canada. The draw is an exercise meant to choose skilled applicants from a pool of talented workers. It helps them and their families to settle down in Canada.
The minimum Comprehensive Ranking Scores (CRS) needed to qualify for invitations were set at 467 this time. The CRS is relevant in a point-based system that Canada follows. Immigrants need to earn a stipulated score that is based on factors like:
- Work experience
- Skill in English and French
The cut-off score of the latest draw was 3 points lower than the lowest cut-off score of 2020 so far. This is considering an all-program Express Entry draw. That cut-off score was 470.
CEC is one among the 3 federal high skilled immigration programs. The other two are the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Federal Skilled Worker Class. With CEC, the country recognizes the best of the skilled workers already contributing to the Canadian economy. The draw is an opportunity for them to earn their highly desired Permanent Residence.
The tie-breaking rule applied to this draw was based on the profile status on November 25, 2019, at 14:00:35 UTC. Under this rule, if more than one candidate gets the least score, the cut-off is based on the date and time of their submitting Express Entry profiles. In the latest draw it meant that CEC candidates with the following scores must have received ITAs:
- Candidates who scored above 467
- Candidates who scored 467 and submitted profiles to Express Entry pool before November 25, 2019
Canada has high admission targets for all its Federal High Skilled immigration programs in 2020-2021. The Immigration, Refugees Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is hence expected to hold more draws. These will be larger and will happen in the coming weeks and months more frequently.
If Express Entry candidates have a provincial nomination, they will get an additional 600 CRS points. This will effectively ensure them receiving an ITA for Canadian Permanent Residence.
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