CRS dropped 17 points to 432 in new CEC- specific Express Entry Draw on April 1 Total 5000 candidates received ITAs for Canadian PR

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EXPRESS ENTRY DRAW #181: APRIL 1, 2021

Canada invited another 5000 Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates to apply for Permanent Residency in the latest Express Entry Draw on April 1.

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score requirement for this draw was 432, which is a reduction of 17 points than the previous CEC-specific draw held on March 18. This is also the third-lowest CRS cut-off for a CEC draw conducted by Canada during the Coronavirus pandemic.

As per the tie-break rule applied by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), only those CEC candidates with minimum score of 432, who had submitted their Express Entry profile before February 16, 2021 at 09:51:22 UTC, received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in this draw.

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is an immigration category for foreign workers who have at least one year of full-time (or an equivalent in part-time) skilled, professional or technical work experience in Canada within the last three years and who wish to become permanent residents.

Canadian Experience Class applications are processed through the Express Entry system. Eligible candidates need to first create an online Express Entry profile and receive an ITA before they can make an application for permanent residency.

CEC is an ideal route to Canadian permanent residency for temporary foreign workers. Having obtained Canadian work experience, these individuals get a “head start” against other candidates in the Express Entry pool as it is a highly-valued factor under the CRS.

It is a popular option for international students as it offers them the fastest and most simple path to achieving permanent residence after completing a program or course of study at a Canadian educational institution and acquiring required work experience.

In order to meet its ambitious target of welcoming 401,000 economic class immigrants in 2021 amid travel restrictions, IRCC has been holding CEC and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)-specific draws since these candidates are most likely already in Canada.

The total number of invitations issued by IRCC so far this year is already 49,124, which is almost half of its target of new Express Entry admissions in 2021.

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