179th Express Entry Invites 5,000 CEC Candidates For Canada PR

Following a couple of PNP-specific Express Entry draws, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held another round of program-specific nomination draws on March 18.


This time, IRCC invited 5,000 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence (PR). All the invited candidates were required to have at least one year of full-time skilled work experience in Canada, and intermediate official language skills among other criteria.

Further, a qualifying Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was determined and candidates with a score of at least 449 were only considered to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canada PR.  

In a unique scenario where two or more candidates are awarded the same CRS score, IRCC applies a tie-break rule which specifies the timestamp and cut-off date for submission of application. The 179th Express Entry draw only considered those CEC-qualified profiles who had entered the pool before February 19, 2021, UTC. 

Best PR Option For Recent Graduates, Temporary Work Permit Visa Holders

While Canada is particular on fulfilling its commitment to welcome 108,500 newcomers through Express Entry-managed programs, IRCC is still holding alternative PNP- and CEC-specific draws so far in 2021.

This is effectively affecting the chances of candidates qualifying for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) which is the most preferred pathway for Canada PR among foreign immigrants. According to Attorney David Cohen, Senior Partner of Campbell Cohen, “While travel restrictions are still in place, the federal government has opted to focus on Express Entry candidates who are already in Canada in order to meet its immigration targets for 2021.” 

However, this shouldn’t be a deterrent for overseas skilled worker aspirants to delay entering the Express Entry. IRCC is keen on utilizing the Express Entry system to maximize its annual immigration target. Click on this link to know how realistic is Canada’s 401,000 new immigrants target in 2021. 

How To Qualify For Express Entry Draws? 

Canada Express Entry can be a long-drawn two-step process. 

The first step involves the registration of one’s profile in the Express Entry system,. Interested candidates must qualify for one of the three programs – the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), the Federal Skills Trades (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). 

All registered profiles are evaluated and ranked based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Factors such as age, education, language skills, work experience, previous provincial nominations are used to calculate a CRS profile score. 

The next step is to wait for nominations held every fortnight by IRCC. Only high-ranking candidates based on the qualifying CRS score of a particular draw may receive ITAs for permanent residence.

Take this free assessment online to determine your chances of receiving an ITA in the upcoming Express Entry draws.

CRS Calculator

Another way to qualify for Canada PR through Express Entry is by receiving a provincial nomination from any Canadian province. Most PNPs have an Express Entry-aligned PNP stream to nominate candidates already present in the federal database. All the nominated candidates are eligible to obtain the additional 600 CRS points upon receiving a provincial nomination invitation. This would effectively guarantee an ITA for Canada PR. 

If you are interested in immigrating to Canada sooner, contact CanApprove and get genuine guidance about immigration visas, documentation, and other legal procedures. 

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