Express Entry: Canada invites 3,000 CEC candidates

Canada invited CEC candidates with scores as low as 404.

Canada invited 3,000 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on August 5.

Invited candidates needed to be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), with scores of at least 404.

In the previous CEC draw, candidates needed a score of 357. This score requirement was tied with the second-lowest ever for this class of draw. The lowest is still the February 13 draw, when every single CEC-eligible candidate was invited and the lowest score in the pool was 75.

Candidates who had the minimum score were only included if they had submitted their profiles before August 3rd, 2021 at 05:39:26 UTC, as per the tie-break rule. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) publishes this detail as an administrative requirement, and it does not mean there was any actual tie.

Why a CEC-only draw?

Since the start of 2021, IRCC has been holding only CEC- and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)- specific Express Entry draws. Candidates in these programs are largely in Canada, or at least have some ties in the country.

The vast majority of CEC candidates are already in Canada since Canadian work experience is among the immigration program‘s key eligibility criteria. An estimated 90 per cent of CEC candidates in the Express Entry pool are in Canada at any given time.

Canada has been prioritizing domestic candidates since they are less likely to run into coronavirus-related hurdles. Up until June 21, Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) holders could not come to Canada and complete their landing.

Also, the federal immigration targets are set at a record goal of 401,000 newcomers to Canada in 2021. In the first half of the year, IRCC has admitted 143,000 new permanent residents across all programs. In order to meet its target of 401,000 newcomers in 2021, Canada will need to land about 43,000 newcomers per month.

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