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Express Entry: Ray of hope for Canadian Experience Class candidates with lower scores

Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its 2nd Express Entry draw on 21st January 2021 and invited 4,626 candidates for permanent residency. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score also came down to 454 (7 points lower than the previous draw of 2021), expanding scope for potential low score applicants. The express entry consistently attracts skilled workers from the world over.

As per the Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-23, IRCC is planning to invite 110,000 immigrants under the Express Entry draws per year. The same enthusiasm of welcoming skilled immigrants will continue for the next three years as this new workforce will help strengthen the Canadian economy.

Do you know about the Express Entry process?

The Express Entry process has two steps:

First- The eligibility check. All the applicants applying under the skilled worker category must be eligible for at least one program amongst the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). All eligible candidates can submit their profile on IRCC’s website, based on which they will be awarded a CRS score.

Second- The draw system. IRCC usually conducts draws fortnightly and issues Invitations to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency based on the CRS cut-offs.

If the applicants are able to get a provincial nomination through Express Entry draws, they are given 600 additional CRS points which guarantees their ITA.

In 2021 till now, only program specific draws have been conducted, IRCC is yet to conduct an all-program draw.

The new year has also brought a shift towards Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and CEC specific draws and this also means that the IRCC would want to achieve its ITA targets by people already in Canada. It is very likely that FSTP and FSWP applicants would find their names in the Express Entry draws soon and just like last year, the trend of draws is likely to shift towards all program draws.


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