Canada’s Express Entry draw invites 6,000 CEC immigration candidates | Esse India
CRS requirement drops again, this time to 357. It is the second-lowest CRS for a CEC-only draw ever.
Canada held another Express Entry draw today
A total of 6,000 candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The Comprehensive Ranking System score requirement (CRS) was 357. This CRS cut-off is the second-lowest ever for a CEC-only draw. The lowest was 75 during the historic February 13, 2021 draw that saw 27,332 CEC candidates invited to apply for permanent residence.
The CRS requirement continues to fall in CEC-only draws as Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) looks for even more in-Canada candidates to invite to support its goal of welcoming 401,000 new immigrants this year.
CEC candidates have a minimum of one year of Canadian work experience in a skilled occupation, and at least an intermediate level of English or French.
IRCC published a cut-off time for the tie-break rule. This is an administrative requirement, it does not mean there was necessarily an actual tie. In the new draw, candidates who had the minimum score were only invited if they submitted their Express Entry profile before February 17, 2021 at 10:15:50 UTC.
Over 88,000 ITAs so far in 2021
The federal government is planning to admit record-breaking numbers of new immigrants over the next three years. In 2021 alone, 108,500 new immigrants are supposed to come through Express Entry-managed programs.
This year, Canada has invited almost twice as many Express Entry candidates as we saw at the same time last year. This is largely due to the historic February 13 draw where IRCC invited every CEC-eligible candidate in the pool, a total of 27,332 people. About 87 per cent of those invited that day applied for permanent residence before the 90-day deadline, IRCC told CIC News in an email.
IRCC has already issued 88,715 Invitations to Apply (ITA) in 2021. It issued 46,392 ITAs at the same time last year.
PNP-only and CEC-only draws have very different score requirements. This is because PNP candidates automatically get 600 points added to their score. CEC candidates are not competing for invitations from other programs. As a result, IRCC takes more off the top allowing for cut-off scores to dip into the lower levels. In recent CEC-only draws, the CRS cut-off has gone lower and lower as IRCC seeks even more candidates living in the country to transition to immigration status.