Express Entry invites 1,842 Canadian Experience Class with second lowest CRS score of 2021
Canada held a surprise Express Entry draw on May 20 inviting Canadian Experience Class (CEC) immigration candidates. A total of 1,842 candidates received Invitations to Apply (ITAs) and who may be eligible for permanent residence through the CEC.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) set the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 397. This is the second lowest CRS cutoff score of 2021 since the February 13 draw where the cutoff score was just 75.
IRCC published the tie-break rule cutoff time, as per administrative requirements. Candidates who had the minimum score of 397 were only invited if they submitted their Express Entry profile before April 24, 2021 at 12”09:34 UTC. It does not necessarily mean there was an actual tie, however.
A total of 68,317 Express Entry candidates have received invitations so far this year. This time last year the number was 38,200. This could be because IRCC is holding larger draws as well as the record-breaking draw held on February 13.
To follow the travel restrictions in place, IRCC has consistently held draws targeting candidates who are likely already in Canada. Both CEC and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates have high numbers of candidates in Canada, due to the program requirements.
Express Entry is an online application management system for three (3) Federal High Skilled immigration programs: Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program.
Interested candidates submit a profile which is then ranked. Express Entry uses the CRS system which assigned points based on human capital factors such as education, work experience, age, language skills, among others.