Express Entry Canada invited 5,000 Canadian Experience Class candidates in recent draw
Canada issued 5,000 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on April 1.
Invited candidates needed to be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Candidates were required to meet the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 432 to receive an ITA.
The CRS cut-off score in this draw was seventeen (17) points less than the previous CEC-only draw.
As per the tie-break rule, candidates who had the minimum CRS score of 432 were only invited if they submitted their Express Entry profile before February 16, 2021 at 09:51:22 UTC. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) publishes the cut-off time for the tie-break rule as an administrative requirement, regardless of whether there was an actual tie.
Todays draw saw the third-lowest CRS cut-off score during the COVID-19 pandemic for a CEC-only draw.
IRCC has issued a total of 49,124 immigration candidates so far in 2021. The main contributor to this number was the record-breaking Express Entry draw held on February 13, inviting 27,332 candidates. IRCC has invited nearly half of its target of new Express Entry candidates to admit in 2021. At this time last year, IRCC had only issued 22,600 immigration candidates.
ITCC has been holding program-specific draws over the past year due to travel restrictions and is targeting candidates whoa re likely already in Canada.
CEC candidates need at least one (1) year of full-time work experience in a skilled occupation to be eligible, so it is likely that they are already in the country when they submit an Express Entry profile.