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Express Entry: 5,000 CEC candidates invited in first draw of April

Express Entry Draww April 1st 2021

In the firstdraw to be held this month, a total of 5,000 have been invited through the federal Express Entry system on April 1, 2021.

This was another of the program-specific draws by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC].  Only candidates that were eligible for the Canadian Experience Class [CEC] were considered for the latest round of Express Entry invitations.

Those invited can now proceed to applying to IRCC for their permanent residence in Canada.

An Overview of Express Entry Draw #181
Date and Time of round April 1, 2021 at 11:04:53 UTC
Number of invitations issued 5,000
Candidate invited from Canadian Experience Class [CEC]
Minimum CRS cut-off 432
Tie-breaking rule applied February 16, 2021 at 09:51:22 UTC
Invitations issued by date [April 1] 22,600 [in 2020] | 49,124 [in 2021]

*CRS: Comprehensive Ranking System, score allotted out of a maximum of 1,200 points while in the Express Entry pool.

The minimum CRS cut-off registered a drop from that in the previous federal draw – Express Entry Draw #180 – with a CRS 778 as the score of the lowest-ranked candidate invited.

As the previous Express Entry draw was exclusively for those with a nomination under the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP], the CRS was on the higher side. A PNP nomination in itself fetches CRS 600 points for an Express Entry candidate.

IRCC applied a tie-breaking rule of February 16, 2021 at 09:51:22 UTC in the latest Express Entry draw. Applicable only to profiles that have the minimum CRS cut-off, a tie-breaking rule grants precedence to profile created earlier as against those created at a later point in time.

Hence, CEC candidates that had a CRS score of 432 and above received Invitations to Apply [ITAs] by IRCC on April 1, provided they had created their profile before the data and time specified in the tie-break.

About the CEC

One of the three economic programs managed by IRCC through the federal Express Entry System, the CEC is a Canadian permanent residence category specifically for individuals that possess skilled work experience in Canada.

The CEC is targeted at –

with qualifying Canadian work experience.

There is no education requirement for the CEC.

The minimum requirements to be met by an individual in order to be eligible for the CEC are – [1] meeting the required language levels, [2] having a minimum of 1 year’s – within the 3 years prior to applying – skilled work experience in Canada, and [3] the work experience should have been gained by working in Canada on a temporary resident status with the authorization to work overseas in Canada.

As per Canada’s National Occupational Classification [NOC] matrix, by “skilled work experience” is meant experience of working in either Skill Level 0 [zero], Skill type A, or Skill Type B.

With the latest round of invitations, Canada has invited a total of 49,124 so far in 2021. By the same time in 2020, IRCC had issued 22,600 ITAs.

The 49,124 invitations within the first quarter in 2021 is by far the greatest number of ITAs by IRCC in a quarter since the launch of the Express Entry system in 2015.

Express Entry Draws in 2021


Total draws so far: 11

ITAs issued so far: 49,124

Sl. No. Draw No. Invited Date of Draw Time of Draw CRS cut-off ITAs issued Tie-breaking rule applied For details
1 #171 PNP January 6, 2021 14:39:02 UTC CRS 813 250 November 2, 2020 at 11:11:52 UTC Canada holds first Express Entry draw of 2021
2 #172 CEC January 7, 2021 14:15:32 UTC CRS 461 4,750 September 12, 2020 at 20:46:32 UTC Express Entry: 4,750 invited with Canadian experience
3 #173 PNP January 20, 2021 14:13:12 UTC CRS 741 374 September 5, 2020 at 19:39:04 UTC Express Entry: 374 invited with a PNP nomination
4 #174 CEC January 21, 2021 14:22:20 UTC CRS 454 4,626 July 23, 2020 at 17:32:00 UTC Canada holds second Express Entry draw within 2 days
5 #175 PNP February 10, 2021 14:31:18 UTC CRS 720 654 August 14, 2020 at 06:51:00 UTC Express Entry: 654 PNP candidates invited in the latest draw
6 #176 CEC February 13, 2021 11:56:56 UTC CRS 75 27,332 September 12, 2020 at 15:31:40 UTC Express Entry: A historic 27,332 invited in a single draw
7 #177 PNP March 08, 2021 13:53:21 UTC CRS 739 671 February 16, 2021 at 19:10:25 UTC Canada invites 671 PNP candidates in latest EE draw
8 #178 PNP March 17, 2021 11:49:48 UTC CRS 682 183 March 04, 2021 at 16:56:20 UTC Express Entry: 183 ITAs issued in latest draw by IRCC
9 #179 CEC March 18, 2021 11:30:56 UTC CRS 449 5,000 February 19, 2021 at 15:59:57 UTC Express Entry: Another draw held in 2 days, CEC invited
10 #180 PNP March 31, 2021 11:21:22 UTC CRS 778 284 March 16, 2021 at 16:09:32 UTC Express Entry: 284 PNP candidates invited in 4th draw of March
11 #181 CEC April 1, 2021 11:04:53 UTC CRS 432 5,000 February 16, 2021 at 09:51:22 UTC

Note. PNP: Provincial Nominee Program, CEC: Canadian Experience Class [CEC].

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