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Express Entry: Second Invitation Round Issues Another 4,750 Invitations

Canada conducted another Express Entry draw on January 7, the second invitation round held in two days.

Invitations were sent out to 4,750 Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates. A Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 461 was good enough to ensure an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

Results of the draw were published today, January 8, 2021.

Two days ago, Canada starts off the new year rolling out invitations to Express Entry candidates who had provincial nominations.

A total of 250 immigration candidates were invited by Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in the Jan. 6 draw and they require only a minimum score of 813.

Applicants who have received nominations from an Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Program (PNPs) automatically get additional 600 points added to their total score, which is why the score requirement is quite high compared to other rounds of invitation. The second invitation round saw another 4,750 CEC candidates receive ITAs.

It may still be too early to say whether IRCC will return to conducting only program-specific draws, as it did last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and when Canada first shut down its borders.

IRCC was holding CEC program-specific draws between March and August of last year. They would take place immediately after PNP-specific draws, and the number of invitations from the two draws combined usually sum up to make a round number. Towards the end of 2020, the immigration department returned to all-program draws, with some of the highest numbers of invitations ever rolled out and gradually reducing CRS cut-off scores.

Express Entry is a system that the Canadian government uses to process and manage applications for Canada’s three major economic-class programs: the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSTC).

Most Canadian provinces also have immigration programs that are aligned with the Express Entry system.

In the Express Entry system, immigration candidates are ranked based on their CRS score that looks at multiple factors including their age, education, work experience, and proficiency in English or French. In some cases, the date and time at which the Express Entry profile was opened is also a ranking factor.

Unlike all-program invitation rounds, which draw from the entire EE pool and tend to result in a much higher cut-off score, program-specific draws like the one targeting CEC candidates today can produce much lower cut-off scores given they involve a smaller pool of candidates.

Second Invitation Round Issues Another 4,750 Invitations

This draw saw the tie-break rule implemented. The tie-break rule is normally used to rank candidates who have the same CRS score based on the date and time the profile was opened.

The tie-breaking rule for this draw was implemented for Sept 12, 2020, at 20:46:32 UTC. This means that those candidates with a CRS score of 461 were only invited if their profile was lodged before this date and time.

This draw brings the total number of invitations rolled out in 2021 so far to 5,000.

Second Invitation Round Issues Another 4,750 Invitations

IRCC has targeted the arrival of some 410,000 new permanent residents per year under its 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan.

Candidates who want to submit their Express Entry profile can still do so despite any COVID-19-related restrictions in place. The immigration department continues to accept submissions to the Express Entry system.

Get a free Express Entry assessment and discover your chances of getting invited in the next invitation round!