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Express Entry: CRS Score Drops To 397 In New CEC Draw

CRS Score Drops To 397 In New CEC Draw. This is the second-lowest score requirement of 2021 so far.

Canada conducted a surprised Express Entry draw On May 20. Not only did it come out of the blue, qualified candidates only needed a CRS score of 397.

We have not seen an Express Entry draw with a score requirement this low since the historic draw held on February 13, where the cutoff score was just 75. This draw saw the CRS score drops to 397.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 1,842 immigration candidates who may be eligible for Canadian permanent residence via the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

IRCC announced the cutoff time for the tie-break rule, as per administrative requirements. It does not necessarily mean there was an actual tie.

Candidates who had the minimum score of 397 were only invited if they lodged their Express Entry profile before April 24, 2021, at 12:09:24 UTC.

Overview of Express Entry in 2021

There have been 68,317 candidates invited thus far in 2021. The number of invitations sent out this year surpasses last year’s rate.

This could be because IRCC is holding larger draws, sometimes up to 6,000. Plus, 0n February 13, Canada invited every single CEC candidate to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Express Entry: CRS Score Drops To 397 In New CEC Draw

As part of an effort to welcome 401,000 new permanent residents this year amidst travel restrictions, IRCC has consistently carried out draws that target candidates who are likely already residing in Canada.

Both CEC and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates have larger numbers of candidates in Canada.

The score requirements are largely different in CEC and PNP draws. CEC draws usually require lower scores because these immigration candidates are not competing with other candidates for invitations.

As a result, the bigger draw sizes allow candidates with smaller scores to be invited. The previous CEC-only draw only needed candidates to have a score of 401.

PNP candidates automatically get an extra 600 points, which means their score requirements are considerably higher.

Express Entry: CRS Score Drops To 397 In New CEC Draw

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.