Canada invited Express Entry (CEC) candidates with 403 score
Canada invited 3,000 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on 19th August. Invited candidates needed to be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), with scores of at least 403. This is one point less than the previous CEC draw score cut off. Candidates who had the minimum score were only included if they had submitted their profiles before August 01, 2021 at 10:13:57 UTC, as per IRCC.
Why a CEC draw?
The reason for only holding these two types of draws is pandemic-related. Express Entry candidates who are eligible for the CEC or PNP are highly likely to be in Canada already. The vast majority of CEC candidates are already in Canada since Canadian work experience is among the immigration program ‘s key eligibility criteria. An estimated 90 per cent of CEC candidates in the Express Entry pool are in Canada at any given time.
Canada has been prioritizing domestic candidates since they are less likely to run into coronavirus-related hurdles. Up until June 21, Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) holders could not come to Canada and complete their landing.
The number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) has almost doubled compared to the same time last year. So far there have been 105,779 invitations issued to Express Entry candidates. In 2021, IRCC hopes to admit 108,500 Express Entry applicants.
The minimum score requirements have been up and down due to the nature of CEC- and PNP-only draws. CEC draws typically have lower cut-off because the draws are concentrated in one group of applicants. They are not competing with others in the Federal Skilled Worker Program, for example. The minimum score cut-off dips down as more CEC candidates are selected from the top. As for PNP candidates, they get an automatic 600 points by virtue of receiving a provincial nomination.
Express Entry manages the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s main economic-class immigration programs:
If you are eligible for an Express Entry-managed program, you will get a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS awards points based on skilled work experience, education, age, official language skills, and other factors.
The CRS is out of a possible 1,200 points. The vast majority have less than 500 points, except for PNP candidates because having a provincial nomination means an automatic 600 CRS points added to their original score.
IRCC invites the highest scoring candidates to apply for permanent residence during regular rounds of invitation. Invited candidates can apply for Canadian immigration.