Canada immigration ministry, IRCC, invited 5,000 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on March 18. Invited candidates needed to be qualified for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and have at least a score of 449 in order to receive an Invitation to Apply.
Some of the basic eligibility criteria for the CEC include one year of full-time skilled Canadian work experience, and intermediate official language skills among other requirements.
Candidates who had the minimum score of 449 were only included if they lodge their Express Entry profile before Feb 19, 2021, UTC, as per the tie-break rule.
This new CEC-only draw demonstrates how Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is continuing to prioritize immigration applicants living in Canada, while travel restrictions are still in place.
About Seventy-seven (77) percent of Express Entry candidates in Canada are qualified for the CEC, according to IRCC data from March 8.
“While travel restrictions are still in place, Canada has opted to focus on Express Entry candidates who are already staying in Canada in order to meet its immigration targets for 2021.” said Attorney David Cohen. “IRCC has been doing this by conducting PNP- and CEC-specific draws.”
The previous Express Entry draws help twenty-four hours ago, on March 17, targeted Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates, another group that is likely to have strong connections to Canada.
PNP-only candidates have shown to the province that chose them that they have the required skills to support the regional labor market. These immigration candidates have higher CRS scores because receiving a PNP automatically grants candidates an additional 600 points.
This is the first CEC-only draw since Feb 13, when IRCC invited every single CEC-eligible candidate from the Express Entry pool, a total of 27,332 Express Entry candidates.
Because of this record-smashing draw, the number of invitations sent out in 2021 is already 43,840. At this time last year, IRCC had rolled out 19,368.
To make up for the shortfall of new permanent residents admitted in 2020, Canada has committed to bringing in 401,000 newcomers in 2021. Of those, 108,500 are expected to come via Express Entry-managed programs.
About Express Entry System
Express Entry is Canada’s application management system for three main federal immigration programs: Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
Immigration candidates in these programs, as well as some PNPs, are awarded a score based on the CRS. These points are given based on the candidate’s human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and language ability in English or French.
The points may be allotted to an individual or a couple. They do not need a job offer, but it may give them some additional points. It is not necessary to have ever lived, worked, or studied in Canada, though during the COVID-19 pandemic IRCC is prioritizing candidates who are already residing in the country.
The highest-scoring candidates receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence via regular Express Entry rounds of invitation. Once an application has been lodged, IRCC will make a final decision and grant a Confirmation of Permanent Residence to the candidates if they accept the application.Share with friends