Canada issued invitations to 6,000 Express Entry candidates on June 10, 2021. These new candidates were invited to apply for Canada PR.
IRCC sent invites to immigration candidates with minimum qualifying scores of 368 points. They were chosen from the CEC stream of Express Entry. They had at least a year’s skilled work experience in Canada. This kind of work experience was essential for eligibility in IRCC. The candidates also had language proficiency in English/French at the intermediate level.
IRCC Canada applied a tie-break rule too in this draw, which was more of an administrative requirement. The timestamp used was April 28, 2021. at 05:45:14 UTC. The selected candidates with the prescribed minimum scores had to submit their Express Entry profile before the date and time mentioned in the timestamp to be chosen in the draw.
Lately, Canada has kept up the trend of holding CEC-only draws requiring candidates to have very low score cut-off scores. This was 380 for the precious CEC draw.
Preferences of the IRCC
IRCC is currently maintaining its preference to choose immigration candidates who are currently most possibly living in Canada. This is in view to avoid delays in the arrival of candidates due to the travel restrictions triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Having the travel restrictions currently in place, immigration candidates with approval to migrate overseas after March 18, 2020, won’t be able to travel to Canada to complete their Canada PR process.
The current travel restrictions at the Canadian border are uncertainly prolonging and hence holding off international travel for many.
Even while the travel restrictions continue, Canada is sticking to its ambitious plans to admit new immigrants in record-breaking numbers over the coming 3 years. In 2021 alone, Canada expects 108,500 new immigrants to enter the country via immigration programs managed by Express Entry.
After the Feb 13 draw that invited 27,332 candidates, the ambitious number of new immigrants aimed at arriving in the country, have been planned. Close to 87% of the candidates invited on February 13, 2021, filed applications for a Canada PR Visa before the expiry of the 90-day deadline stipulated by IRCC.
The score requirements of CEC-only and PNP-only are different. This happens to be as PNP candidates get 600 extra CRS points on their original score. CEC candidates, on the other hand, aren’t engaged in competition for invitations from other programs. This results in the reduction of cut-off scores by IRCC.
About Express Entry
When it comes to managing applications for Canada immigration, the federal government uses the Express Entry system. It’s a points-based EOI system. The applications managed are for 3 federal high-skilled programs namely CEC, FSTP, and FSWP.
On a provincial level, some PNPs utilize the Express Entry to find suitable candidates, who are given invitations for provincial nomination.
Every candidate eligible for an immigration program that’s managed by Express Entry will get a score based on the CRS. The score is decided based on factors such as education, skilled work experience, official language skills, and age.
The candidates who score the highest will get selected to receive ITAs in the rounds of invitations regularly held by IRCC. This will lead them to get the status of permanent resident Canada offers.
It will be the immigration officer at the IRCC who will make the decision on your application. Upon getting the application approved, the candidate only has to arrive in Canada to finalize the Canada immigration process.
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PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident
CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System
EOI – Expression of Interest
PNP – Provincial Nominee Program
ITA – Invitation to Apply
IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program
FSTP – Federal Skill Trades Program
CEC – Canadian Experience Class