Ottawa conducted another Express Entry round of invitations with a low score requirement on May 13.
Canada’s immigration department also known as IRCC invited Express Entry candidates who had scores of at least 401, just one point more than the last comparable draw.
Candidates also must have been qualified for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), meaning they had a minimum of one year of skilled work experience in Canada, and intermediate language proficiency in French or English.
IRCC released the cutoff time for the tie-break rule, as per administrative requirements. It does not necessarily mean there was an actual tie.
Immigration candidates who had the minimum score of at least 401 were only invited if they lodge their Express Entry profile before April 29, 2021, at 11:48:14 UTC.
According to David Cohen, Senior Attorney of Campbell Cohen
“all CEC candidates have prior experience in the Canadian labor market, this is a major component of the eligibility criteria,”. “Having Canadian experience correspond with higher instances of employment, and higher earnings.”
Canada to welcome 401,000 new permanent residents this year
There have been 66,475 candidates invited so far in the Express Entry round of 2021. The number of invitations that were sent out this year is far outpacing last year’s rate.
This could be because IRCC is holding bigger draws, including the February 13 draw where every single Canadian Experience Candidate was invited to apply.
As part of an effort to welcome 401,000 new permanent residents this year amidst travel restrictions, IRCC has consistently conducted draws that target candidates who are likely already residing in Canada.
Both Canadian Experience Candidate and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates have high numbers of candidates in Canada.
The score requirements are largely different in CEC and PNP draws. CEC draws normally require lower scores because these immigration candidates are not competing with other candidates for invitations.
As a result, the larger draw sizes enables immigration candidates with lower scores to be invited. The previous CEC-only draw only needed candidates to have a score of 400.
PNP candidates automatically obtain 600 points, which means their score requirements are quite higher.
What Is Express Entry?
Express Entry controls and manages the applications for Federal High Skilled programs, which include the: Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.
Some PNPs also utilize the Express Entry system to invite immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.
If you are qualified for Express Entry and enter your profile into the pool, you will receive a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
The CRS awards you points based on your education, age, skilled work experience, official language skills, and other factors.
The immigration ministry invites the highest-scoring candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular Express Entry draws.
After you apply, an immigration officer at IRCC makes a decision on your application.
If you are approved, the last step is to finish your landing process and officially become a permanent resident.