Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held another Express Entry draw on June 24, 2021.
A total of 6,000 Express Entry candidates were invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement was 357.
This CRS cut-off is the second-lowest ever in history for a CEC-only draw.
The lowest was Seventy-five during the historic Feb 13, 2021 draw that saw 27,332 Canada Experience Class candidates invited to apply for permanent residence.
The CRS requirement continues to drop in CEC-only draws as IRCC looks for even more candidates living in Canada to invite to support its target of welcoming 401,000 new immigrants this year.
CEC candidates have at least one year of Canadian work experience in a skilled occupation, and at least an intermediate level of French or English.
Canada released a cut-off time for the tie-break rule. This is an administrative requirement, it doesn’t mean there was necessarily an actual tie.
In the new draw, Express Entry candidates who had the minimum score were only invited if they lodge their Express Entry profile before Feb 17, 2021, at 10:15:50 UTC.
Why domestic candidates are being prioritized?
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada has been conducting only CEC- and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)-specific draws.
This is because these candidates are more likely to already be residing in Canada.
Up until June 21, approved permanent residents could not travel to Canada to complete their landing process.
Although Canada is beginning to scale back on its travel restrictions.
The borders are still closed to non-essential travel and the flight ban from India has been extended by another month.
Despite the present pandemic, Canada is planning to welcome record-breaking numbers of newcomers over the next three years.
In 2021 alone, 108,500 new immigrants are supposed to come via Express Entry-aligned programs.
This year, the federal government has invited almost twice as many immigration candidates as we saw at the same time the previous year.
The large number comes from the historic February 13 draw where IRCC invited every CEC-eligible candidate in the pool, a total of 27,332 people.
About eighty-seven percent of those invited that day applied for permanent residence prior to the 90-day deadline, according to an IRCC email.
Provincial Nominee Program-only and Canadian Experience Class-only draw have very different score requirements.
This is because PNP candidates automatically get an extra 600 points added to their score.
CEC candidates are not competing for invitations from other immigration programs.
As a result, Canada takes more off the top allowing for cutoff scores to dip into the lower levels.
Over 88,000 ITAs so far in 2021
Canada 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, IRCC has invited almost twice as many immigration candidates as we saw at the same time last year.
This is due to the historic Feb 13 draw where Ottawa invited every CEC-eligible candidate in the pool, a total of 27,332 people.
About eighty-seven percent of those invited that day applied for Canadian permanent residence before the 90-day deadline, said IRCC.
Canada has already sent out 88,715 Invitations to Apply (ITA) in 2021. It sent out 46,392 ITAs at the same time last year.
PNP-only and CEC-only draws have very various score requirements. This is because PNP candidates automatically obtain an extra 600 points added to their score.
CEC candidates are not competing for invitations from other programs.
As a result, Canada 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 reduced as IRCC seeks even more candidates residing in the country to transition to immigration status.
What is Express Entry?
Express Entry controls and manages the applications for Federal High Skilled programs, which include the:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program,
- Federal Skilled Trades Program, and
- 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.