The IRCC invited candidates who got a CRS score of at least 380 points. This draw aimed at finding candidates with eligibility to be a permanent resident Canada accepts under the CEC. The candidates who were invited were required to have a minimum skilled work experience of 1 year in Canada. Also, they required to have official language skills of the intermediate level.
This immigration draw was the third-largest draw managed by the Express Entry ever to happen. The draw featured the second-lowest CRS in 2021. IRCC invited a record number of CEC candidates (27,332 candidates) in a draw conducted in February. Also held were 2 rounds of invitations that welcomed 6,000 CEC candidates in each draw. These happened in April 2021.
In comparison to the previous draw that was CEC-only, held 2 weeks ago, Canada sent invites to 4,114 more candidates in this draw. Also, the score requirement was lower by 17 points. Canada also held a CEC draw 3 weeks ago, in which invitations were sent to candidates getting scores as low as 401.
Priority for candidates in Canada
Canada has been lately giving more priority to candidates who are possibly already residing in the country from the start of 2021. Given the COVID-related travel restrictions currently in place, those who have approval cannot travel from their home country overseas. Thus, they are unable to complete their formalities about their landing in Canada to take up permanent residency. Hence, the Canadian government finds it more sensible to rope in domestic candidates.
As per the IRCC data from May 6, 2021, close to 95% of CEC candidates had already been in the Express Entry pool. IRCC has been conducting CEC draws almost every 2 weeks. The only exception was for this 3-week spring. It followed a surprise draw on May 20, 2021.
Also, Canada immigration department holds a draw every two weeks targeting PNP candidates.
Even with the pandemic around, Canada continues to welcome a record-breaking number of fresh immigrants over the 3 years down the line. In 2021 itself, 108,500 new immigrants are expected to arrive in Canada via immigration programs managed by Express Entry.
So far, IRCC has issued invitations to 74,773 Express Entry candidates. These candidates are invited to apply for a Canada PR visa to settle in the country.
The historic draw held on February 13, 2021, led to this large number. In the February 13 draw, IRCC invited all candidates in the pool who were eligible for CEC. Those candidates came to a total of 27,332 individuals.
In that draw itself, 23,877 candidates who got invitations filled out applications before the expiry of the deadline of 90 days.
The CEC-only and PNP-only draws keep very different requirements for CRS qualifying scores. The reason is that PNP candidates by default get an additional 600 CRS points by virtue of the nominations they are granted.
CEC candidates aren’t in competition for invitations from other immigration programs. This results in IRCC taking more candidates off the top leading to the drop in the cut-off score. In the CEC-only draw held previously, the requirement for CRS score came down to 397.
About Express Entry
Express Entry is an EOI system that works as a points-based system. It’s tasked with the management of applications from immigration candidates. These candidates apply for the 3 Federal High-Skilled programs namely: CEC, FSTP, and FSWP.
Certain PNPs also utilize the Express Entry system to find and invite Canada immigration candidates to file an application for a provincial nomination.
If a candidate is eligible for an immigration program managed by Express Entry, that candidate will be assigned a score based on the CRS. The CRS gives points on the basis of factors such as education, skilled work experience, official language skills, age, and other factors.
IRCC holds its rounds of invitation regularly. The candidates who get the highest scores get an ITA for Canada PR. This is the chance you are offered to get a permanent residence in Canada.
Once you submit an application it’s up to an immigration officer at IRCC to decide to approve it or not. If approved, the final step will be to complete the process of landing in Canada and immigrate to Canada officially.
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PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident
CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System
ITA – Invitation to Apply
IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program
FSTP – Federal Skill Trades Program
CEC – Canadian Experience Class