Mohanad Moetaz - 02 June, 2021
Canada invited 5,956 immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada's latest Express Entry draw on May 31.
This was the third largest Express Entry draw of all time.
Invited candidates were eligible under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program. This means that they had at least one year of Canadian work experience. They also needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 380. This is the second lowest CRS requirement in 2021.
This is a program for individuals who have at least one year of work experience in Canada. Those invited in this draw needed a CRS score of at least 401.
When Canada introduced temporary measures in March 2020 to slow the spread of the virus, program-specific draws such as this one became the norm.
Express Entry is the system that the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) uses to manage applications for permanent residence through Canada’s three main economic-class programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Some provincial or territorial immigration programs are aligned with the Express Entry system.
Immigration candidates in the Express Entry system are given a CRS score, based on many factors, such as age, work experience, education, and proficiency in French or English.
CRS points can be awarded to one person or to a couple. Canada regularly invites the highest-ranking candidates in the Express Entry pool to apply for permanent residence.
After receiving an invitation, candidates are required to submit their applications, after which IRCC make a final decision. There may be processing delays due to COVID-19.
If a candidate is successful, they will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence and a visa on their passport if they require one. The final step would be to move to Canada and receive their Permanent Residence (PR) card.
This draw bring the total number of invitations issued so far in 2021 to 74,773. By the same time last year, this number was 42,100.
In February 2021, Canada's held a historic Express Entry draw and invited a whopping 27,332 CEC candidates in a single draw. The minimum CRS score required for that draw was just 75.
Why Canada is holding program-specific draws?
In 2021, Canada has only held Express Entry draws that target candidates who are likely to be in Canada. This is in an effort to admit 401,000 new permanent residents this year.
Candidates for the PNP usually need work experience, study experience or other connections to the province to be eligible. CEC candidates need to have at least one year of work experience in Canada.
This means that candidates for the CEC and the PNP are likely currently residing in Canada.
Canada aims to welcome over 400,000 immigrants in 2022 and in 2023.
For 2021, Canada is looking to welcome 108,500 immigrants under Express Entry, 110,500 immigrants in 2022 and 113,750 in 2023.
Those who wish to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry can still submit an Express Entry profile. IRCC is still accepting submissions, even if you live abroad..