On January 7, 2021, Canada conducted an Express Entry draw that invited 4,750 CEC candidates whose minimum CRS score required for eligibility was fixed at 461. This draw followed the PNP draw in which IRCC invited 250 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 813, on January 6, 2021.
Express Entry candidates who receive invites via a PNP get 600 extra CRS points. This is why the minimum CRS requirement was high in the January 6 Canada immigration draw. That draw was aligned with Express Entry, which means the candidates will be chosen from the Express Entry system’s pool of profiles.
Canada had resorted to CEC and PNP specific draws at the beginning of the year from March 2020 due to COVID-19. This however changed to conducting all-program draws by the end of last year. The trend of lowering CRS requirements was seen. 2020 also saw some of the highest numbers of invites issued to international immigration candidates.
The tie-break rule was applied to the January 7 draw with the timestamp of September 12, 2020, at 20:46:32 UTC. This meant that candidates with 461 as their CRS score were invited only if their profile was submitted prior to the date and time in the timestamp specified.
With this draw, the total number of invitations issued in 2021 came to 5,000. A target of 110,000 Express Entry candidates per annum has been fixed by Canada under its Immigration Levels Plan 2021-23.
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