Canada holds its 9th Express Entry draw of this year
Canada holds its 9th Express Entry draw on 18th March 2021. The program-specific EE draw invited 5,000 Canadian Experience Class candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
The selected candidates who received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) scored at least 449 points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Only those candidates who had their Express Entry profile before February 19 2021, UTC, were selected in the latest in the draw.
Invited applicants fulfilled all eligibility requirements for the CEC category. Some of the common criteria for selecting candidates are:
Full-time skilled work experience in Canada
Intermediate official language skills
Intend to live in Canada
COVID-19 and Express Entry Draw
The latest CEC-only draw indicates that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is prioritizing the PR applications of candidates who are already in Canada. The main reason behind this is the travel restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.
''While travel restrictions are still in place, the federal government has opted to focus on Express Entry candidates who are already in Canada to meet its immigration targets for 2021,' said Attorney David Cohen, Senior Partner of Campbell Cohen. “IRCC has been doing this by holding PNP- and CEC-specific draws.''
Previous Express Entry Draw
The previous Express Entry draw, held on March 17, focused on Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates. Applicants who have only applied for the PNP have proved their eligibility to the province that nominated them, and they have the requisite expertise to serve the regional labour market. Since obtaining a PNP automatically gives Express Entry candidates an extra 600 points, these candidates have higher CRS ratings.
It is the first CEC-only Express Entry draw since February 13 2021, when IRCC welcomed every single CEC-eligible applicant from the Express Entry pool, resulting in a total of 27,332 immigration candidates.
As a result of this record-breaking draw, the number of ITAs released in 2021 has already reached 43,840. Last year at this time, the IRCC had granted 19,368 permits.
To compensate for a shortage of new permanent residents accepted in 2020, Canada has committed to accept 401,000 new immigrants in 2021. Of those, 108,500 will be admitted into Express Entry-managed programs.