Express Entry invites 6,000 CEC candidates and drops the CRS requirement by 15 points
Canada held a surprise Express Entry draw before the weekend, the second-largest Express Entry draw in history.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 6,000 Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates to apply for permanent residence in a draw held on April 16.
Invited candidates needed to meet the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 417 points.
IRCC issued 1,000 more invitations compared to the previous CEC-only draw, as well, the CRS requirement was 15 points less than the last draw.
Canada rarely hold draws on Fridays before the weekend to give immigration candidates and their representatives more time to prepare their permanent residence applications.
Candidates who had the minimum score requirement of 417 were only invited if they submitted their Express Entry profile before March 1, 2021 at 19:53:46 UTC, as per the tie-break rule. IRCC publishes the tie-break rule as an administrative requirement, regardless of whether there was an actual tie.
Canada has now issued 55,390 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence so far in 2021. Last year at the same time, Canada had only issued 30,400 ITAs.
IRCC is still prioritizing candidates who are already in Canada while the COVID-19 border restrictions remain in effect.
To be eligible for Express Entry’s CEC stream, candidates must meet the following requirements:
- plan to live and work in Canada, outside of Quebec;
- have obtained at least one (1) year of skilled, professional, or technical work experience in Canada withing thirty-six (36) months of the application date; and
- meet a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 5 for NOC B jobs or CLB 7 for NOC skill level 0 or A jobs.
One year of work experience is equivalent to at least 1,560 hours of work in Canada, may wither be completed through full-time and/or part-time work.