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CEC Surprise Draw

Nisha Uppal

April 16, 2021

Canada held a surprise draw right before the weekend on Friday 16th April, 2021. The draw is the second-largest in Express Entry's history.

Canada is ramping up its Express Entry intake in order to meet its 2021 immigration targets. Last fall, the federal government committed to welcome 401,000 newcomers this year, and about a quarter of these would come through the Express Entry system.

Since the start of 2021, Canada has held 13 draws. All of them have either targeted CEC candidates or PNP candidates.

Canada held a new Express Entry draw, inviting candidates who had scores of at least 417 points on Friday April 16, 2021.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 6,000 Canadian Experience Class candidates to apply for permanent residence in the new invitation round. IRCC issued 1,000 more invitations compared to the previous CEC-only draw and the score requirement was 15 points less than the last draw.

The draw was a rare Friday evening one, right before the weekend in Canada. Express Entry draws usually take place during the week to give immigration candidates and their representatives more time to prepare their permanent residence applications.

It was also the second-largest draw in Express Entry’s history. The three largest draw sizes have all occurred within the last few months as IRCC has increased draw sizes to compensate for the decline in immigration to Canada in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The previous record was 5,000 permanent residence invitations before it was shattered when 27,332 candidates were invited on February 13.

This week has been an eventful one in Canadian immigration. IRCC held an Express Entry draw Wednesday inviting 266 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates to apply for permanent residence.

The PNP’s has also been active this week with BC, Alberta, Ontario, and PEI each holding draws.

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