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Posted on February 15 2021

Express Entry: A historic 27,332 invited in a single draw

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By  Editor
Updated January 13 2024

In the biggest draw to be held by the federal government of Canada through the Express Entry system, a record 27,332 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence have been issued. Express Entry Draw #176 was held on February 13, 2021 at 11:56:56 UTC.

Candidates that received invitations in the latest round of Express Entry invitations were those with previous Canadian experience, that is, those eligible for the Canadian Experience Class [CEC].

The minimum ranking score requirement – the Comprehensive Ranking System [CRS] score – was also the lowest ever. The score of the lowest-ranked candidate was CRS 75.

An Overview of Express Entry Draw #176
Date and Time of round February 13, 2021 at 11:56:56 UTC
Number of invitation issued 27,332
Candidate invited from Canadian Experience Class [CEC]
Minimum CRS cut-off CRS 75
Tie-breaking rule applied September 12, 2020 at 15:31:40 UTC
Invitations issued by date [February 13] 10,300 [in 2020] | 37,986 [in 2021]

Generally, a tie-breaking rule is usually applied by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC] in Express Entry draws. In the latest Express Entry draw held on February 13, 2021, the tie-breaking rule was that of September 12, 2020 at 15:31:40 UTC.

The tie-breaking rule is only applicable to profiles that have the minimum required ranking score. As per IRCC, “If more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.”

The 27,332 ITAs issued were nearly 6 times more than the largest Express Entry draws ever held by IRCC. Between November 18 and December 23, 2020, as many as 5,000 ITAs were issued in each of the draws held.

The score requirement of CRS 75 is the lowest ever. Earlier, the minimum CRS required in any Express Entry draw was that of CRS 199 in the May 16, 2017 draw.

Canada plans on welcoming 401,000 new immigrants in 2021. Of these, 108,500 will be through the Express Entry system. In 2022, another 110,500 will acquire their permanent residence in Canada through the Express Entry.

For 2023, the Express Entry will be the route to Canada for 113,750.

Canada remains the most-accepting country for a migrant.

Express Entry Draws in 2021  Total draws so far: 6 ITAs issued so far: 37,986
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 --

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

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