CRS on Free Fall

Nisha Uppal

May 20, 2021

Canada surprises again.

Takes the draw out of the blue @CRS of 397 points and invites 1842 candidates. IRCC has not gone down to such a low score since the historic draw where the cutoff score was just 75.

IRCC published the cutoff time for the tie-break rule, as per administrative requirements. It does not necessarily mean there was an actual tie. Candidates who had the minimum score of 397 were only invited if they submitted their Express Entry profile before April 24, 2021, at 12:09:24 UTC.

As part of an effort to admit 401,000 new permanent residents this year amid travel restrictions, IRCC has consistently held draws that target candidates who are likely already in Canada. Both CEC and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates have high numbers of candidates in Canada.

The score requirements are vastly different in CEC and PNP draws. CEC draws typically require lower scores because these candidates are not competing with other candidates for invitations. As a result, the larger draw sizes allow candidates with lower scores to be invited. The previous CEC-only draw only required candidates to have a score of 401.

PNP candidates automatically get 600 points, which means their score requirements are considerably higher.

It is actually a good time to invest and apply if you are planning to relocate to your dream country, as it will give you all the time to prepare yourself well before you place your application in the pool along with other candidates.

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