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Canada’s foremost CEC draw to be held in September via Express Entry

The Express Entry system is used to manage applications for Canada’s most popular immigration programs. The Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program are the three options. In the Express Entry pool, PNP candidates already have qualified for one of these programs.

Express Entry ranks candidates’ profiles using a points-based mechanism known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Candidates with the highest scores receive an Invitation to Seek (ITA), which they can use to apply for permanent residency.

On September 14, Canada welcomed 2,000 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residency. Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates with a score of at least 462 were invited by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Candidates who have been invited to apply for permanent residency now have 60 days to do so.

This draw is later than usual, as IRCC usually does a CEC draw after a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw this year. The IRCC usually runs a PNP draw on Wednesdays and a CEC draw on Thursdays. The CEC draw, which was supposed to take place on September 2, did not happen.

The draw was held one day before the next PNP-specific Express Entry draw is scheduled to take place. Despite the fact that IRCC is behind schedule, the department has shifted its resources to processing CEC applications, according to the government website. Officers are currently completing CEC applications received in January. All other Express Entry candidates should face delays, according to the government. IRCC has focused its efforts on immigration applicants who are already in Canada in order to reach its 2021 immigration targets despite travel limitations.

Because Canadian experience is a crucial eligibility element, the majority of CEC candidates in the Express Entry pool apply from within the country. Candidates for the CEC must have at least one year of full-time work experience in a skilled occupation in Canada. The number of Express Entry invitations for 2020 has nearly doubled. The number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) granted by IRCC has virtually doubled year over year. With more invitations, the IRCC is more likely to meet its 2021 objective of 108,500 newcomers under the Express Entry system. Due to the nature of CEC and PNP-only draws, the baseline scoring criteria have fluctuated.

Since CEC drawings are limited to a single group of applicants, the cutoffs are usually lower. In the Federal Skilled Worker Program, for instance, they are not contending with others. As a result, larger draw sizes allow IRCC to invite more applicants, lowering the score. With their provincial nomination, PNP candidates automatically receive 600 points, hence PNP drawings will always be larger than any other sort of Express Entry draw. Since June, PNP draws have fluctuated from the low 740s to the high 760s.

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