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Express Entry: Another draw held in 2 days, CEC invited

Express entry CEC Draw, March 18

Canada has held another Express Entry draw within 2 days.

On March 18, 2021, a total of 5,000 candidates have been invited by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC] to apply for their Canadian permanent residence.

The minimum ranking score requirement was that of 449 as per the Comprehensive Ranking System [CRS].

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic related travel restrictions, Express Entry draws have been prioritizing Canada immigration candidates that were more likely to already be in Canada.

The previous Express Entry draw on March 17 had 183 invited that had a nomination under the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP] of Canada.

The focus in the latest Express Entry draw, on the other hand, has shifted to candidates eligible for the Canadian Experience Class [CEC] instead.

Previously, IRCC had invited a historic 27,332 in a single Express Entry draw. As per sources, all CEC candidates in the Express Entry system has been invited in that draw.

An Overview of Express Entry Draw #179

Date and Time of round March 18, 2021 at 11:30:56 UTC
Number of invitations issued 5,000
Candidate invited from CanadianExperience Class [CEC]
Minimum CRS cut-off CRS 449
Tie-breaking rule applied February 19, 2021 at 15:59:57 UTC
Invitations issued by date [March 18]

19,368 [in 2020] | 43,840 [in 2021]

Canada’s Express Entry system manages applications for Canadian permanent residence from skilled workers under the 3 main economic immigration programs of Canada – the Federal Skilled Worker Program [FSWP], the Federal Skilled Trades Program [FSTP], and the Canadian Experience Class [CEC].

Atie-breaking rule of February 19, 2021 at 15:59:57 UTC was applied by IRCC to Express Entry Draw #179. Hence, all those CEC candidates received invitations to apply that had a CRS449 and above, provided they had created their profiles before the date and time of the tie-break.

The Express Entry admissions target for 2021 stands at 108,500. Another 110,500 newcomers will gain their Canada PR in 2022 through the Express Entry.

For 2023, Canada plans on inducting 113,750 via the Express Entry route.

With the latest draw, a total of 43,840 have been invited in the 9 draws held so far this year.

As in the recent past IRCC has been focusing on candidates with a greater likelihood of already being in Canada, no all-program Express Entry draws have been held in 2021.

IRCC has instead held Express Entry draws in 2021 that have alternated between the PNP and the CEC.

Express Entry Draws in 2021

Total draws so far: 9

ITAs issued so far: 43,840

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

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

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