Date of post: February 13, 2021
On February 13, 2021, more than 27,000 candidates in the Express Entry (EE) pool received an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residency. Since the Express Entry was introduced in January 2015, there has never been this many invitations made at one time.
Express Entry is a system that manages all skilled immigrant candidates under one of the following programs:
- Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program,
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program,
- Federal Skilled Trade (FST) program, and
- Some Provincial Nominee Programs.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has moved quickly to achieve their 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan. On March 12, 2020, IRCC announced that Canada expects to receive between 341,000 and 361,000 new permanent residents each year in 2020, 2021, and 2022.
IRCC also hopes the significant increase in EE invitations will help recover the Canadian economy due to the impact of COVID-19.
As of February 8, 2021, there are more than 150,000 candidates in the EE pool. About 27,800 candidates have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 451 or higher.
The February 13, 2021 draw only invited candidates under the CEC program. The cut-off CRS score was 75. This means a candidate in the EE pool who is eligible for the CEC program might receive an invitation with a score of as low as 75.
To be eligible for the CEC program, a candidate must have obtained either one-year full-time or equivalent part-time skilled work experience in Canada within the past three years.
Most of the CEC candidates are in Canada, and some of them have been working during the COVID-19 pandemic. IRCC said that was the reason why the February 13, 2021 EE draw was only targeting the CEC program.
Although the February 13, 2021 EE draw did not cover the FSW and FST candidates, we anticipate there will be an increasing chance for them to receive an invitation to apply for permanent residency in the future. Therefore, we suggest you create your EE profile as soon as possible if you have not done so.
You may read our Express Entry service page for more information or contact us directly if you have any questions.
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