CRS drops to 432 in new CEC-specific Express Entry draw

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On April 1, Canada invited 5,000 EE (Express Entry) applicants to apply for permanent residence. To obtain an Invitation to Apply (ITA), all the invited candidates are required to be qualified for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and have a minimum score of 432, 17 points less than the earlier Canadian Experience Class draw.

According to the tie-break rule, candidates with at least 432 points were invited only if they submitted their EE profile before February 16 at 09:51:22 UTC. IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) issues the deadline for the tie-break rule as an administrative duty, irrespective of whether there was an actual tie.

David Cohen, Senior Attorney of Campbell Cohen stated on April 1st “Today third-lowest CRS cut-off for a CEC draw while the pandemic is marked. Over the past year, only the momentous draw of February 13, 2021 and the CEC draw of June 25, 2020 have had lower CRS needs.”

IRCC given priority to the in-Canada EE candidates

As you may already know, the Canadian borders are still closed to unnecessary overseas travel, but simultaneously, the government still requires to welcome a considerable amount of new permanent residents. The reason for this is that the current government set a challenging target to welcome 401,000 new arrivals in 2021

To meet these targets in the middle of travel limitations, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has been holding program-specific draws and target applicants who are already in the country. All the candidates under CEC require a minimum of one year of full-time work experience in a skilled occupation. Previously, IRCC reported that about 90% of CEC candidates are in Canada.

In March 2020, when the border first closed, Canada alternated between holding draws of PNP-specific and rounds of invitation that only invited applicants who might be qualified for the CEC. With this pattern, IRCC went until the next part of the year when it initiated holding all-program draws again, which do not pick out candidates of any specific program.

The previous EE (Express Entry) draw which was held on March 31 targeted PNP applicants. All the PNP-only candidates have showed that they have the essential skills to support the regional labor market. These applicants have higher CRS scores because getting a PNP automatically awards EE candidates an extra 600 points. 

At the beginning of the year, on February 13, IRCC invited every single CEC-eligible applicants from the Express Entry pool. Because of this record-breaking draw, the number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued in 2021 is 49,124 which is about half of its target of new Express Entry applicants to admit in 2021. 

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