Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 6,000 CEC candidates in their latest express entry draw held on June 24, 2021, to apply for Canadian permanent residency.
The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement was 357. This CRS threshold is the second-lowest on record for a CEC-only draw. The lowest was 75 in the historic February 13, 2021 draw that saw 27,332 CEC applicants invited to apply for permanent residence.
CRS requirement continues to drop in CEC-only draws, as IRCC seeks even more applicants to Canada to invite to support its goal of welcoming 401,000 new immigrants this year.
CEC applicants have at least one year of Canadian work experience in a skilled occupation and at least an intermediate level of English or French.
IRCC has published a deadline for the tie-breaking rule. This is an administrative requirement, it does not mean that there was necessarily a real connection. In the new draw, applicants with the minimum score were only invited if they had submitted their Express Entry profile by February 17, 2021, at 10:15:50 UTC.
Future for Express entry draws
Throughout the pandemic, IRCC held only draws specific to the CEC and the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Indeed, these candidates are more likely to already live in Canada. Until June 21, approved permanent residents could not travel to Canada to complete their settlement and activate their status. IRCC hosted an Express Entry PNP draw this week inviting 1,002 applicants.
Although Canada's travel restrictions are starting to decrease, the border is still closed to non-essential travel and the ban on flights from India has been extended by one month. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, however, has indicated that other travel restrictions may be lifted in the coming weeks.
IRCC has not indicated when it will hold its next Express Entry All Programs draw. They have not yet considered applicants for the Federal Skilled Worker Program and Federal Skilled Trades Program in 2021.
On the other hand, there are two main reasons to believe that IRCC will resume draws for all programs in the second half of this year. First, those invited for permanent residence through Express Entry draws in the second half of this year are less likely to have completed their permanent residence process by the end of 2021. IRCC is pursuing an ambitious plan for immigration levels to reach 401,000 new immigrants by 2021. Given this, IRCC will likely be more willing to hold draws for all programs later this year, as most of those who receive invitations, whether they are currently in Canada or abroad, will be unlikely to complete their admission before 2022.
Second, with Canada's travel restrictions eased and the pandemic situation starting to improve in many of the major source countries of immigrants to Canada, including India, there will likely be less coronavirus-related disruption in the country. the coming months, which means Canada should see more immigrants from abroad physically entering the country to complete their disembarkation. As these disruptions decrease, IRCC will likely be in a better position to consider Express Entry applicants overseas.
If you are eligible for a program managed by Express Entry, you will get a score based on the CRS. CRS awards point based on qualified work experience, education, age, official language skills, and other factors.
IRCC holds regular rounds of invitations, issuing invitations to apply for permanent residence to top-rated applicants.
After your submission, an IRCC immigration officer will decide on your application. If you are approved, the last step is to complete the settlement process and officially immigrate to Canada.
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