Canada invited 27,332 candidates to apply for permanent residence in its latest Express Entry draw— you read that right.
Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited candidates from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) on February 13. This unprecedented Express Entry invitation round only required candidates to have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 75— the lowest CRS requirement ever.
“Today’s draw was almost six times larger than the previous Express Entry record of 5,000 ITAs,” said Attorney David Cohen, Senior Partner of Campbell Cohen.
“This goes to show Canada is committed to achieving its goal of welcoming over 400,000 immigrants this year.”
A total of 5,000 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) were issued in each of the four Express Entry draws that took place between November 18 and December 23 last year. Prior to today, the lowest CRS cut-off requirement ever was 199 points in the May 16, 2017 draw which only invited Federal Skilled Trades Program candidates. Express Entry was launched in January 2015.
On Wednesday, Canada also held an Express Entry draw inviting 654 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates to apply for permanent residence, which makes a total of 27,986 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued this week.
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IRCC implemented the tie-break rule, meaning candidates who had the minimum score of 75 were only included if they submitted their Express Entry profile before September 12, 2020 at 15:31 UTC.
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