Express Entry: 2000 CEC-only Candidates with Minimum CRS 462 Receive ITAs for Canada PR

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Canada held a new program-specific Express Entry targeting more domestic temporary workers or skilled foreign workers with prior work experience in Canada.

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Upcoming federal elections on September 20 might have forced Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to conduct a CEC-only Express Entry draw which was expected to be held after September 1 PNP-only draw.

IRCC in its 17th CEC-specific Express Entry draw in 2021 invited 2,000 candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada. IRCC picked all the invitees from the federal pool who already qualified for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program. They had at least one year of work experience in Canada.

Any prospective candidate who seeks 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.

Decreased Draw Size 2000 ITAs for permanent residence which is about 172 ITAs more than the previous CEC-only draws.
Higher CRS Score Invited candidates had a minimum CRS of 462 points which is 59 points higher than the previous qualifying score of 403 points.
Tie-break rule applied? IRCC applies the tie-break rule to avoid disputes in the rankings in case of two or more candidates in the pool end up with the same CRS score.

No information on the tie-break rule for this draw was released.

Many immigration aspirants are known to choose Canada because of its direct permanent residence pathway. A PR invitation through the experience class program is not a direct pathway. Most international students or foreign workers on temporary work permits choose to apply for PR visas after gaining few years of work experience in Canada.

Applicants are asked to submit their biometrics or attend an interview or submit more supporting documents after receiving an ITA for Canada PR. Upon completion, IRCC issues a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR).

Applicants with COPR can now plan their travel to Canada.

Riji Thomas is in her early 30s and completed her master’s program in business administration in Canada. She graduated in early 2020 and has since been working in Canada as a sales manager. She has excellent scores in IELTS for language proficiency.

Based on her credentials, Riji entered the Express Entry pool with a CRS score of 465 which is high enough to obtain an ITA in this Express Entry draw.

Express Entry Draws in 2021 – double than 2020 levels

The practice of holding alternate CEC-only & PNP-only nomination draws has yielded better results for Canada as it recorded over 100,000 invitations to apply for a permanent residency last year, despite the pandemic.

Even in 2021, Canada has so far issued 108, 414 ITAs for PR, already achieving its annual target of 108,500 Canada PR invitations through Express Entry.

Canada regularly held fortnightly Express Entry draws in 2021, however, did not favour immigration aspirants who qualified under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) & the Federal Skills Trades Program (FSTP).

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 direct permanent residency based on their age, language proficiency, education, and relevant work experience abroad.

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