Canada invites 4,500 Express Entry candidates in a recent CEC draw
Canada issued 4,500 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to Express Entry candidates on July 22.
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited candidates who may be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) to apply for permanent residence.
In order to receive an invitation, candidates needed a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 357.
As per the administrative requirement, IRCC published the cut-off time for the tie-break rule. Candidates who had the minimum CRS score only received an ITA if they submitted their profile before February 14, 2021, at 09:04:15 UTC. The IRCC published the cut-off time regardless of whether there was an actual tie.
Canada has now issued 98,804 ITAs to Express Entry candidates in 2021. At this time last year, the IRCC had only issued 54,357 ITAs to Express Entry candidates. The IRCC has invited almost twice as many candidates in 2021 compared to 2020.
Canada has a target to welcome 401,000 new immigrants in 2021, and about a quarter of these are allotted to come through the Express Entry system.
Throughout the pandemic, IRCC has only been holding CEC- and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)-specific draws. This is because candidates are more likely to already be in Canada and are less likely to be affected by travel restrictions.
CEC candidates do not compete for invitations from other programs like the PNP candidates do. As a result, CEC-only draws have a much lower CRS score than PNP-only draws. As well, when a PNP candidates receives a provincial nomination, they automatically get 600 points added to their overall CRS score.
The CRS score is based on various human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, language ability, and more.