Express Entry 2nd draw: Canada invites 4,626 candidates in this week

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Every month, Canada is inviting thousands of immigrants to apply for Permanent Residency. This week on January 21, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its second Express Entry draw.

IRCC issued 4,626 PR (permanent residence) invitations to applicants of the CEC (Canadian Experience Class). It was the 174th Express Entry Draw. 

The cut-off requirement of CRS (Comprehensive Ranking Score) was 454 and it was seven points less than the previous Canadian Experience Class-specific draw which was held on January 7.

Since 2015, Express Entry has been Canada’s fundamental way of handling experienced and skilled worker applications.

As outlined under the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is looking to welcome around 110,000 Express Entry immigrants in one year, and in the last year, Canada almost reached this score when it had a record-breaking year for EE (Express Entry), issuing as a whole 107,350 PR invitations. The Canadian government consistently emphasized that welcoming high-levels of skilled immigrants in and post-session of the COVID-19 pandemic will stay essential to encouraging a strong economy.

There are the following two steps to the Express Entry process. 

In the first step: Skilled worker applicants need to check if they are qualified for at least any of the following programs: Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

All the eligible candidates for any of these programs can access the Express Entry pool by submitting their profile on IRCC’s website. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will grant them a CRS score based on standards such as their age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and other human capital factors.

In the second step: IRCC manages Express Entry draws normally every two weeks and issues ITAs (Invitations to Apply) for permanent residence to applicants based on policy objectives and CRS cut-off requirements of IRCC.

This draw is the 4rth of 2021. IRCC held a draw for the PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) applicants on January 20.

All the applicants who get a provincial nomination through EE (Express Entry), obtain an extra 600 CRS points which fundamentally guarantees they will receive an ITA (Invitations to Apply).

IRCC is still to keep an all-program draw in 2021.

The come back to PNP and CEC specific draws is an obvious sign that IRCC will depend greatly on Express Entry applicants presently in Canada to effort and attain its immigration targets for 2021. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems clear that FSWP and FSTP applicants will also be deemed for EE draws in 2021. 

Last year, IRCC conducted PNP and CEC specific draws when the COVID-19 pandemic initiated but concluded 2020 by keeping countless draws, allowing FSTP and FSWP applicants to also get ITAs.

Latest Express Entry Draws

Draw NoDateITACRSProgram
174January 21, 20214626454CEC
173January 20, 2021374741PNP
172January 7, 20214750461CEC
171January 6, 2021250813PNP

Read Our Previous Article About Canada First Express Entry draw for PNP 2021