Express Entry: CEC Draw

This draw may be an indication that the Canadian immigration authority (IRCC) is returning to the same pattern where a PNP-specific draw is followed by a CEC (Canadian Experience Class) draw.

On January 7, 2021, Canada held ita another Express Entry draw. This is the second invitation draw that was in the time span of two days only.

A total number of 4750 invitations were issued in this draw to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates. The minimum score required for getting an Invitation to Apply (ITA) was a 461 CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score.

The results of this draw were released a day after the draw took place which was 8th January 2021. 

Before this draw, Canada started the year 2021 with an Express Entry PNP draw to the candidates who were already in possession of a nomination from one of the provinces. 

A minimum score of 813 was required to be invited to this draw that took place on 6 January 2021. 250 applicants were invited to this draw to apply for a Permanent Residency visa.

The applicants in the Express Entry PNP draw automatically get an additional 600 points for getting a nomination from one of the provinces. This score in return help reaches a higher CRS score in the Express Entry pool. This is the main reason why the CRS requirement for PNP draw is quite high.

At this time, it might be premature to tell whether the IRCC is going to organize a program-specific draw as last year it happened during the midst year, and when the Canadian border first closed its border. 

IRCC started CEC specific draws in the month of March and August. These draws specifically took place right after the PNP specific draws. These draws typically add up to a round figure of ITAs being offered through these draws. By the end of the year 2020, IRCC returned to all program draw giving out some of the highest numbers of ITAs in the history of Express Entry along with the gradually dressing requirement for CRS score.

Express Entry is a federal application management system that manages mainly three Canadian programs. These programs are:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

  2. Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC)

  3. Canadian Experience Class (CEC) 

The provinces in Canada are also their own immigration streams that are aligned to the Express Entry system as well.

As we all know that candidates in the Express Entry pool are ranked for their profiles using a metrics called CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score. This CRS score is based on factors like language proficiency, educational qualification, working experience, and age. In some of the cases, the date and time of the application are also one of the deciding factors for getting an invitation.

Specific draws are a little bit different than all program draw of Express Entry as they tend to have a lower CRS score. This is because all program draws uses the whole Express Entry pool and being a larger number involved, the CRS score tends to move towards the higher side. On the other hand, the specific draws have a less number of applicants involved and that is why the CRS score requirement is on the lower side.

In this draw, the tie-breaker rule was implemented. This tie-breaker rule is implemented in order to rank the applicants with the same CRS score. The criteria used in the tie-breaker is the date and time of the application submission and profile creation. The date and time used were 12th September 2020 at 20:46:32. The meaning for this is that the applicant with the CRS score of 461 and has submitted the application before the desired date and time is given preference among other applicants.

The total number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) have reached 5000 so far for the year 2021.

Canadian Immigration has already shared the immigration target for the year 2021 and they are off to a good start as well. They are targeting 110,000 new immigrants in the Express Entry system as per the Immigration Levels Plan for the year 2021-2023. 

As we all know Coronavirus has put a hold on the things in our livelihood but still, Canada is making quite an effort to cope up with the devastating charade. This is why applicant who is willing to submit their application in the Express Entry pool can do so without any worry as IRCC Canada is continuously accepting application for the Express Entry Program. Their eagerness can be seen with the size of the draws being held in the previous year.

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