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Canada’s groundbreaking Express Entry draw: 27,332 Candidates invited

Canada has invited 27,332 candidates to apply for permanent residency in its latest Express Entry draw. 

Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited candidates from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) on February 13. This unprecedented Express Entry invitation-only draw requires candidates to have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) rating of at least 75 CRS is the minimum requirement. 

“Today’s figure is almost six times larger than the previous Express Entry record of 5,000 ITAs,” said Attorney David Cohen, Senior Partner of Campbell Cohen. 

“This shows that Canada is committed to achieving its goal of welcoming more than 400,000 immigrants this year.” 

5,000 applications were issued (ITAs) for each Express Entry draw that took place between November 18 and December 23 last year. Prior to today, the minimum CRS termination requirement was once 199 points in the May 16, 2017 draw that invited only candidates for the Federal Skilled Trades Program. Express Entry was launched in January 2015. 

On Wednesday, Canada hosted an Express Entry invitation to 654 nominees for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) to apply for full-time residency, resulting in 27,986 applications (ITAs) issued this week. 

Today’s stats coincide with the IRCC’s commitment to achieving its goal of inviting 401,000 new immigrants by 2021. For those, the IRCC aims to accommodate 108,500 young people through programs run by Express Entry, in line with its 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan. Next year that index will rise to 110,500, then 113,750 by 2023. Canada has provided Federal High Skilled programs – managed by the Express Entry system — the largest new allocation for the next three years. This means that the Express Entry program will continue to be a major source of new Canadian immigrants for the foreseeable future. 

Canadian Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino recently said the IRCC would make efforts to achieve outstanding immigrant goals by transforming temporary residents into permanent residents during the epidemic.  

The unprecedented draw today seems to indicate that the IRCC intends to issue as many invitations as possible earlier this year in order to complete the permanent residency of students who graduated from Express Entry later in 2021. This will give the IRCC a greater opportunity and opportunity to achieve its migration rates amid ongoing global coronavirus outbreaks. At the same time, the IRCC and Mendicino continue to emphasize that they will be looking at skills from around the world, including those outside Canada to support post-epidemic recovery. 

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