Express Entry #194: Canada invited 6,000 CEC immigration candidates
Canada held a new Express Entry draw on June 24. A total of 6,000 candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence Visa.
Invited candidates needed to be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and have a score of at least 357 in order to receive an Invitation to Apply. Basic eligibility requirements for the CEC include one year of full-time skilled work experience in Canada, and intermediate official language skills among other criteria.
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.
Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied a tie break rule in today’s draw; candidates had to have submitted their profiles before February 17, 2021 at 10:15:50 UTC. This means that all candidates with CRS scores above 357, as well as those with scores of 357 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time, received an ITA.
How does Express Entry System work?
Canada’s main three categories are managed under the Express Entry System are: –
In the Express Entry system, eligible candidates for the FSWC, FSTC, CEC programs, and some Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates are scored based on the Comprehensive Ranking System, or CRS.
Candidates are ranked in the pool based on the CRS that considers 4 main factors: –
- Skilled work experience
- Proficiency in English or French
Express Entry is a two step process. In step one, candidates who are eligible under at least one of the three aforementioned skilled worker programs upload their profile onto IRCC’s website. They then get a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on their human capital such as their age, education, language skills, and work experience.
In step two, IRCC holds Express Entry draws approximately every two weeks and issues Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence to candidates with the highest CRS scores. If a candidate receives an ITA, they can go ahead and submit a permanent residence application to IRCC.