Canada invited another 6,000 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence on April 29.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited candidates with scores of at least 400, and whom may be eligible for permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class. This is the second lowest score ever for a CEC-specific draw.
As per the tie-break rule, candidates who had the minimum score of 400 were only invited if they submitted their Express Entry profile in the express entry pool before April 24, 2021 at 15:24:49 UTC. IRCC publishes the cutoff time for the tie-break rule as an administrative requirement, regardless of whether there was an actual tie.
“The CEC was created in 2008 to help more temporary workers and international student graduates to transition to permanent residency,” said David Cohen, Senior Attorney of Campbell Cohen. “Candidates need to have one year of Canadian work experience to be eligible for the CEC. This experience is highly valuable in Canada’s job market. As such, we see many CEC candidates employed within their first year of landing.”
So far this year, IRCC has only held two types of program-specific Express Entry draws that target candidates who are likely already residing in the country. CEC candidates are especially prevalent in Canada, IRCC estimates about 90 per cent are applying domestically.
The other group of candidates that have been invited through Express Entry this year are those who have previously received a nomination through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). In order to get a nomination, PNP candidates often need work experience, study experience, or some other connection to the province. As such, these candidates also have a high proportion of candidates already in the country.
Although the pandemic has slowed down invitation rounds for outland Express Entry candidates, Canada just saw a record first quarter for the number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) it issued. The new Express Entry draw brought the number of ITAs issued in 2021 to 61,771. This year’s number is significantly higher than what it was the same time last year, in part due to the historically large February 13 Express Entry draw.
On average, IRCC holds two Express Entry draws every two weeks. One inviting PNP-only candidates, and the other inviting CEC-only candidates. PNP draws tend to have higher score requirements due to the automatic 600-point award. CEC draws tend to have lower score requirements because there are less candidates from other Express Entry-managed programs competing for Invitations to Apply (ITAs).