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Nisha Uppal

June 10, 2021

The downward slope continues as the CRS requirement drops again, this time to 368.

Canada invited 6,000 more Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on June 10.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited candidates with scores of at least 368. The new draw targeted candidates who are eligible for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Invited candidates have had at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada, as this is a key eligibility requirement of the CEC. Candidates also have at least an intermediate language proficiency in English or French.

As per administrative requirements, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) published a cutoff time for the tie-break rule, whether or not there was any actual tie. In the new draw, candidates who had the minimum score were only invited if they submitted their Express Entry profile before April 28, 2021, at 05:45:14 UTC.

Canada has been holding CEC-only draws with historically low score cut-offs. The previous CEC draw only required candidates to have a score of 380. At the time, it was the lowest for a CEC-only draw since the record-breaking February 13 draw. CEC candidates with scores as low as 75 got invitations in that draw.

Canada has been prioritizing candidates who are more likely to be already living in the country, since the start of the year. With the current travel restrictions in place, candidates who were approved overseas after March 18, 2020, cannot travel to complete their permanent residency landing.

Canadian government officials have not given a firm date as to when the border will reopen to international travel, but have stated that the easing of restrictions will come in phases. The health minister suggests the 14-day quarantine will be the first to go for travellers who have been fully vaccinated.

Even amid travel restrictions, Canada is planning to admit record-breaking numbers of new immigrants over the next three years. In 2021 alone, 108,500 new immigrants are supposed to come through Express Entry-managed programs.

PNP-only and CEC-only draws have very different score requirements. This is because PNP candidates automatically get 600 points added to their score. CEC candidates are not competing for invitations from other programs. As a result, IRCC takes more off the top allowing for cutoff scores to dip into the lower levels.

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