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3,000 CEC candidates on Canada’s PR invitation list

On August 5, Canada invited 3,000 Express Entry applicants to apply for permanent residence. Applicants had to be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and have a minimum score of 404 to be considered. Candidates required a score of 357 in the previous CEC draw to be eligible for PR. This point total prerequisite tied for the second-lowest in the history of this category of the draw. The lowest is still the draw of February 13, during which every CEC-eligible applicant was accepted, and the pool’s lowest score was 75. According to the tie-break rule, candidates with the minimum score were only considered if they submitted their profiles before August 3rd, 2021, at 05:39:26 UTC.

Forasmuch as the beginning of 2021, IRCC has only held Express Entry draws for the CEC and the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Applicants for these schemes are mostly from Canada or have ties with the country. Because Canadian work experience is one of the immigration program’s key eligibility requirements, the overwhelming majority of CEC candidates are already residing in Canada. During any particular time, approximately 90% of CEC applicants in the Express Entry pool are in Canada. Residential candidates have been prioritized by Canada because they are less likely to face coronavirus-related challenges.

Domestic candidates have been prioritized by Canada because they are less likely to face coronavirus-related challenges. Holders of a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) were unable to enter Canada and finish their immigration process till the 21st of June. In addition, the federal immigration goals for 2021 have been positioned at a new high of 401,000 newcomers to Canada. IRCC has acknowledged 143,000 fresh permanent residents throughout all schemes during the first half of the year. Considering this target, Canada will require 43,000 new arrivals per month to meet its target of 401,000 newcomers by 2021.

When compared with the corresponding period of last year, the number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) has significantly doubled. This indicates that the IRCC is stepping up its efforts to accept 108,500 newcomers through the Express Entry system by 2021. Canada has invited 102,316 Express Entry applicants so far during 2021. Because the draws are focused in one silo of applicants, CEC draws usually have lower cutoffs. As more CEC candidates are chosen from the top, the minimum score cutoff drops.

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