Express Entry invites 5,956 CEC candidates in major draw

Author: Swift Connect |

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Canada invited 5,956 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on May 31.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited candidates who are eligible for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Selected candidates needed to have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 380, in order to receive an invitation.

This draw’s score requirement was 17 points lower than the previous draw and invited 4,114 more candidates.

Candidates need at least one (1) year of skilled work experience in Canada and have intermediate language skills in either English or French, among other criteria to be eligible for the CEC.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, IRCC has been prioritizing candidates who are likely to be already living and working in the country. The travel restrictions in place make it difficult for candidates overseas to travel and complete their permanent residency landing.

To date, IRCC has welcomed 74,773 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence in 2021. This time last year, IRCC had only invited 42,100 Express Entry candidates.

The CEC program is a dedicated skilled worker pathway to temporary foreign workers and international students who are interested in becoming permanent residents of Canada.

IRCC uses Express Entry to manage skilled worker applicants into three (3) programs, CEC included. Candidates who have previously lived in Canada and gained work experience are strong candidates for the CEC. As well, those candidates may be eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program. If a candidate has a trades background, then the Federal Skilled Trades Program is better.

All Express Entry candidates are ranked on various human capital factors such as their education, work experience, age, language ability, and more. This is the CRS score. Candidates with higher CRS scores have a better chance of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.