Express Entry Canada invites 6,000 CEC candidates in new draw

Author: Swift Connect |

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Canada held another Express Entry draw this week issuing 6,000 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence on June 10.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) targeted candidates who may be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) stream. Selected candidates were required to meet the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 368, in order to receive an invitation.

Invited candidates need at least one (1) year of skilled work experience in Canada to be eligible for the CEC. Candidates must also have at least an intermediate language proficiency in either official language.

As per administrative requirements, IRCC published the tie-break rule cut-off time. Candidates were only invited if they submitted their Express Entry profile before April 28, 2021, at 05:45:14 UTC. IRCC must publish this cut-off time regardless of whether there was an actual tie.

There seems to be a downward trend for the CRS requirement in CEC-only draws in 2021. The previous CEC draw had a minimum CRS score requirement of 380. At the time, it was the lowest score requirement since the record-breaking draw on February 13 with scores as low as 75.

IRCC has been prioritizing candidates who are most likely to already be living in Canada. This is due to travel restrictions and the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are talks of opening borders slowly, so it may change by the end of 2021.

So far in 2021, IRCC has issued ITAs to 81,713 immigration candidates. This time last year, only 42, 441 candidates received ITAs.