Canada holds major Draw inviting 5,956 Immigration Candidates
May 31, 2021
CRS score drops to 380 which is the second lowest in 2021 as IRCC continues to draw on candidates living in Canada amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Canada held a new Express Entry draw on May 31, inviting 5,956 candidates to apply for permanent residence.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited candidates with scores of at least 380. 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 plus intermediate official language skills, among other criteria, in order to be eligible for the CEC.
This draw was the third-largest Express Entry draw ever and had the second-lowest Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) in 2021.
Compared to the previous CEC-only draw two weeks ago, Canada invited 4,114 more candidates today and the score requirement was 17 points lower. Three weeks ago, Canada also held a CEC draw, inviting candidates with scores as low as 401.
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 are approved overseas cannot travel to complete their permanent residency landing. According to the Canadian government, it makes more sense to target domestic candidates.
Despite the pandemic, Canada is still admitting record-breaking numbers of new immigrants over the next three years. This year alone, 108,500 new immigrants are supposed to come through Express Entry-managed programs. So far, IRCC has invited 74,773 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence.
PNP-only and CEC-only draws have vastly different CRS requirements. This is because PNP candidates automatically get an additional 600 points toward their overall score. CEC candidates are not competing for invitations from other programs. As a result, IRCC takes more off the top allowing for the cutoff score to drop. In the previous CEC-only draw, the CRS requirement dropped to 397.
IRCC holds regular rounds of invitation. The highest-scoring candidates receive an Invitations to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. This is your chance to get Canadian permanent residence.
After you submit an application, an IRCC immigration officer will make a decision. If you are approved, the last step is to complete the landing process and officially immigrate to Canada.
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