Express Entry – The Historic Draw of 2021

In the recent Express Entry draw on Saturday, the 13th of February 2021, a record 27, 332 candidates have been invited to apply for permanent residence. This was a CEC draw, which means that candidates in the Express Entry Pool with Canadian Experience were invited. The CEC usually covers students who have at least 1 year of Canadian Work experience in the NOC O, A or B and foreign workers who have completed 1 year of work in Canada and have an active profile in the Express Entry system.

Canada is looking to bring in more and more immigrants with a target of 401,000 in the year 2021 itself. This historic draw invited candidates with CRS (comprehensive ranking score) as low as 75. For candidates with the lowest score, the tie-breaker rule was applied on September 12, UTC 15:31. This means that candidates with the lowest score of 75, who had submitted their profile before September 12th, UTC 15:31 were sent out the invitations to apply.

This year like most of 2020, IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada) has only held either CEC or PNP draws. So only candidates with either Canadian experience or those who have been nominated by provinces have been considered.

IRCC regularly holds the draws every two weeks, which means at least 24 draws in a year. These could be all stream draws or stream specific. There are 4 streams that are handled through the Express Entry system namely, Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Class. In a typical draw, IRCC has been inviting about 5000 applicants for applying for Permanent Residence

Canada is the most immigrant friendly country at the moment, offering various Permanent Residence pathways to hopefuls from across the world. The Express Entry System that was launched in 2015, scores candidates on the basis on their age, education, work experience, language skills and various other adaptability factors like Job offer, blood relatives in Canada and more.

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