Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held the second largest draw in the Express Entry history on 16th April 2021, inviting 6000 applicants who had scores of at least 417 points on the comprehensive ranking system (CRS). The number of invites were increased by 1000 in comparison to the last Canadian Experience Class (CEC) only draw with the score requirement being 15 points less than the last time. It is a rare instance of an Express entry draw taking place on a weekend rather than on a weekday, which normally gives the applicants more time to work on their permanent residence (PR) application.
IRCC has evidently increased the draw sizes with the last three being the largest ever. This increase is to compensate for the pandemic induced decline in immigration in 2020. Canada is committed to achieving their immigration target of welcoming 401,000 newcomers in 2021. The previous record of 5,000 invitations was shattered in February when 27,332 candidates were invited to apply for PR.
The candidates who received the last invitation submitted their Express Entry profile before 1st March 2021 at 19:53:46 UTC, as per the tie break rule (an administrative requirement by IRCC to publish the cut-off regardless of whether there was an actual tie).
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