Express Entry Canada issued 5,000 invitations to CEC candidates
Canada invited 5,000 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on March 18.
Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited candidates who were eligible for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) category of the Express Entry Canada system. Selected candidates that received invitations to apply (ITAs) needed to have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 449.
Some of the basic eligibility requirements for the CEC include one (1) year of full-time skilled work experience in Canada, good language skills in either English or French, among other criteria.
Candidates who had the minimum CRS score of 449 were only included if they submitted their Express Entry profile before February 19, 2021, as per the tie-break rule.
This is the first CEC-only Express Entry Canada draw since the record-breaking draw held on February 13 when IRCC invited a total of 27,332 immigration candidates.
The new CEC-only draw continues to show that the IRCC is committed to prioritizing immigration applicants who are in Canada while the travel restrictions are in place. About 77% (percent) of Express Entry candidates in Canada are eligible for the ECE, according to data from March 8.
The number of ITAs issued by IRCC so far this year is already 43,840, this time last year that number was 19,368.
The Canadian Experience Class category is to encourage more foreign workers and international students to build their futures in Canada. To be eligible for the CEC, candidates must meet the following requirements:
- Have obtained at least one (1) year of skilled, professional, or technical work experience in Canada within thirty-six (36) months of the application date;
- Meet or surpass a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of five (5) for National Occupational Classification (NOC) B jobs or CLB seven (7) for NOC skill level 0 or A jobs; and
- Plan to live and work outside of the province of Quebec.
Applicants may remain in Canada throughout the application process. However, the CEC is also open to individuals who are no longer in Canada, provided that they submit their application within three (3) years of leaving their job in Canada.
The CEC requirements are based on a pass or fail model. If the minimum requirements are met, the applicant is eligible to enter the Express Entry pool.