Express Entry Draw: Every CEC Candidate Invited

Canadian Immigration Department has made an effort to reveal a lot more detail about the Express Entry draw. In this draw, a total of 27332 applicants were invited to apply for a Permanent Residency (PR) visa.

IRCC made a confirmation that every applicant who is eligible for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) was invited to apply for a permanent residency on the date of February 13. 

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 27,332 CEC applicants. This number of invitations is nearly six times more ITAs (Invitations To Apply) than issued in the previous draws. There was another record that was broken in terms of the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The CRS score required for getting an invitation was 75 only even though the average CRS score of invited applicants was 415 as per IRCC. 

The tie-breaker is a mandated requirement for IRCC to put in place, but actually, there was no need of using the tie-breaker rule as there was not even a single applicant with a CRS score of 75 and who has submitted their profile in the Express Entry pool before 12 September 2020.    

It may be too early to say that this size draw may have caused an upward trend in the Express Entry profile. This trend is especially for the people who are eligible for the CEC draw.

As we all know that IRCC is prioritizing applicants who are already residing on the premises of Canada due to travel restrictions and high immigration targets. Also, it is a well-known fact that Canada has a late boomer generation. This means that Canada is going to be needing newcomers to fill up the gaps for the workforce and sustain population growth.

IRCC quoted: “Immigration remains crucial to addressing Canada’s longstanding demographic challenges and labour market shortages, especially during the pandemic”. Due to the travel restrictions imposed by the Canadian government, IRCC is exploring new ways to overcome the shortcoming caused due to the pandemic and has been prioritizing applicants who have been working hard in Canada in order to get a Permanent Residency (PR) visa.

Canadian Experience Class (CEC) eligibility requirements:

For an applicant to be eligible for CEC, the first thing that you need is to submit your profile in the Express Entry system. Then the next step is to get a CRS score on your profile based on factors like education, age, working experience, and language proficiency in English and French. 

IRCC then provides applicants with an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to apply for a permanent residency if they meet the basic requirement of CEC. 

Key eligibility requirements are:

  1. 1560 hours of Canadian working experience in a skilled occupation which ultimately accommodates one year of full-time work or two years of part-time work.

  2. Have a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 7 for a Managerial or professional occupation (NOC 0 or A) or CLB 5 for skilled trades and technical jobs (NOC B)

  3. Must be living outside the province of Quebec as this province has an immigration system of its own. 

As per the statistics, 90% of the eligible applicant are already residing in Canada even it is actually not required to stay in Canada for an applicant to be eligible for CEC. As travel restrictions are still intact, it is actually very difficult for applicants outside Canada to come inside Canada.

Once applicants receive ITA, there is a time span of 90 days to apply for Canadian Immigration or just decline the invitation. If the duration of 90 days passes out, the ITA will get expired and the profile will no longer be available in the Express Entry pool.

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