Canada conducted a new Express Entry draw on May 31, inviting 5956 immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited these 5956 immigration candidates with scores of at least 380.
The new draw was focused on candidates who are eligible for Canadian permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Invited candidates have had a minimum of one year of skilled work experience in Canada plus intermediate official language skills, among other requirements, in order to be eligible for the CEC.
This draw was the third-largest Express Entry draw ever and had the second-lowest Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) in 2021.
Previous draw records were also set early in the year with Canada receiving a record 27,332 CEC candidates in one draw in February and 6,000 CEC candidates each in two separate draws, conducted in April.
Compared to the previous CEC-only draw two weeks ago, IRCC invited 4,114 more candidates today and the score requirement was Seventeen (17) points lower.
Three weeks ago, Canada also conducted a CEC draw, inviting candidates with scores as low as 401.
5,956 immigration candidates invited: In-Canada candidates at the top of the line
Canada’s immigration department has been prioritizing candidates who are more likely to be already residing in the country, since the beginning of the year.
With the current travel restrictions in place, immigration candidates who are approved abroad can not travel to complete their permanent residency landing.
According to the federal government of Canada, it makes more sense to target domestic candidates.
According to IRCC data from May 6, about Ninety-five (95) percent of CEC candidates were in the Express Entry pool at that time.
IRCC has been conducting CEC draws every fortnightly, except for this three-week spring following a surprise draw on May 20.
Plus, every two weeks the IRCC holds a draw targeting Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada is still welcoming record-breaking numbers of new immigrants over the next three years.
This year alone, 108,500 new permanent immigrants are supposed to come via Express Entry-managed programs.
So far, IRCC has invited 74,773 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
The high number comes from the historic Feb 13 draw where IRCC invited every CEC-eligible candidate in the pool, a sum total of 27,332 people.
In this draw alone, 23,877 invited immigration candidates filled out applications before the ninety-day deadline, IRCC said in a news briefing.
PNP-only and CEC-only draws have largely different CRS requirements. This is because PNP candidates automatically get an extra 600 points toward their overall score.
CEC candidates are not competing for invitations from other immigration programs.
As a result, the immigration department takes more off the top allowing for the cutoff score to drop. In the last CEC-only draw, the CRS requirement dropped to 397.
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.