New Express Entry Draws Extend PR Invites To CEC Candidates With CRS 401

New Express Entry Draws Extend PR Invites To CEC Candidates With CRS 401

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held yet another program-specific Express Entry draw on May 13. 


This is the 187th Express Entry draw which targeted only candidates with Canadian work experience. A brief summary of the nomination draw is as below: 

  1. Exuberant Draw Size: Even though Canada invited 1,853 less candidates than the previous CEC-only draw, the total draw size of 4,147 ITAs for Canada PR is still encouraging. 

All the invited candidates have already demonstrated their work experience of at least one year inside Canada. International students, temporary skilled workers are known to be the largest beneficiary under the CEC program.

  1. Qualifying Score: Any prospective candidates that seek to register their profile for consideration under the Express Entry system shall be assessed and ranked based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). 

Such profiles are evaluated on a total of 1200 points and considers human capital factors like age, education, work experience outside Canada, language proficiency in English/French, spouse adaptability, Canadian study experience, etc. Those who receive provincial nominations through ‘enhanced’ PNP streams will get an additional 600 points towards their CRS score. 

May 13 draw selected candidates having a minimum CRS score of 401 which is slightly higher than the previous CEC-specific draw.  

  1. Tie-Break Rule: IRCC applies a tie-break rule to avoid disputes in the rankings in the case where two or more candidates are awarded the same CRS score. This draw invited candidates who had the minimum score of 752 and only if they submitted their Express Entry profile before April 29, 2021 at 11:48:14  UTC. 

Take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility for permanent residency. 

Express Entry in 2021

IRCC has regularly held Express Entry draws in 2021. Only program-specific draws linked to either Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) or c (CEC) have been held so far, thereby ignoring the candidates who qualified under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). This may be largely due to the COVID-related travel restrictions internationally. 

FSWP candidates are mostly foreign skilled workers who do not have work experience inside Canada and do not hold a job offer in Canada. However, they may qualify for permanent residency based on their age, language proficiency, education, and relevant work experience abroad. 

Canada is set to welcome 108,500 new immigrants through Express Entry-managed programs in 2021 alone. So far, more than half, 66,475 Express Entry candidates have been already invited to apply for permanent residency. 

Click here to get a quick review of nomination draws in the months of January, February, March, and April 2021

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For more latest updates on Canadian immigration, contact CanApprove. 

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