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Canada’s Express Entry Draw Invites 6,000 CEC Immigration Candidates

Nisha Uppal

June 24, 2021

CRS requirement drops again, this time to 357. It is the second-lowest CRS for a CEC-only draw ever.

Canada held another Express Entry draw on June 24, 2021.

A total of 6,000 candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The Comprehensive Ranking System score requirement (CRS) was 357. This CRS cut-off is the second-lowest ever for a CEC-only draw. The lowest was 75 during the historic February 13, 2021 draw that saw 27,332 CEC candidates invited to apply for permanent residence.

The CRS requirement continues to fall in CEC-only draws as Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) looks for even more in-Canada candidates to invite to support its goal of welcoming 401,000 new immigrants this year.

CEC candidates have a minimum of one year of Canadian work experience in a skilled occupation, and at least an intermediate level of English or French.

Canada held another Express Entry draw today, on June 24, 2021.

IRCC has not indicated when it will hold its next all-program Express Entry draw. They have yet to consider Federal Skilled Worker Program and Federal Skilled Trades Program candidates in 2021.

On the other hand, there are two major reasons to believe IRCC will resume all-program draws in the second half of this year. First, it is less likely that those invited for permanent residence in Express Entry draws in the second half of this year will have their permanent residence process completed by the end of 2021. IRCC is pursuing an ambitious Immigration Levels Plan with a goal of landing 401,000 new immigrants in 2021. Given this, IRCC will likely be more willing to hold all-program draws later this year since most of those who receive invitations, irrespective of whether they are currently in Canada or overseas, will be unlikely to complete their landing until 2022.

Secondly, with Canada’s travel restrictions being eased and the pandemic situation beginning to improve in many of Canada’s top immigrant source countries, including India, there are likely to be fewer coronavirus-related disruptions in the months to come, which means Canada should see more immigrants from abroad physically entering the country to complete their landings. With such disruptions abating, IRCC is likely to be in a stronger position to consider Express Entry candidates abroad.

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