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Express Entry candidates with Canadian work experience invited to apply for PR in Canada with a minimum CRS of 403

On August 19, Canada invited 3,000 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residency. Applicant s who were invited to participate had to be qualified for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and have a minimum score of 403. The earlier CEC draw score cutoff was one point lower. Candidates with the minimum score were only considered if they submitted their profiles before the tie-break deadline of August 1, 2021, at 10:13:57 UTC. This information is made public as an administrative requisite by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), and it does not imply that there was an actual tie.

IRCC has only drawn two kinds of applicants from the Express Entry pool so far in 2021: CEC and Provincial Nominee Program candidates (PNP). Since the beginning of the year, there have been 16 draws of each type.

The rationale for only holding these two types of draws is due to the threat of the COVID-19 outbreak. Express Entry candidates who qualify for the CEC or PNP are almost certainly residing in Canada. Because Canadian work experience is one of the immigration program’s key eligibility requirements, a large percentage of CEC candidates are already in Canada. At any given time, approximately 90% of CEC candidates in the Express Entry pool are in Canada.

When compared to the corresponding period last year, the number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) has steadily increased. Candidates for Express Entry have received 105,779 invitations as of now. IRCC expects to invite 108,500 Express Entry candidates in 2021. Given the nature of CEC and PNP-only draws, the lowest score prerequisites have fluctuated. Because the draws are fixated in one group of applicants, CEC draws usually have lower cutoffs.   While more CEC candidates are chosen from the top, the minimum score cutoff drops. Candidates for the PNP receive an automatic 600 points for earning a provincial nomination.

National candidates have been prioritized by Canada because they are less prone to incur coronavirus-related challenges. Holders of a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) were unable to enter Canada and finish their immigration process until June 21.

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