The CRS score dropped for a third time in April 1st in CEC only draw held by IRCC with 5000 invitation to apply and CRS of 432.
Finishing up a fantastic first quarter which saw record levels of invitations being issued by IRCC, April began with a brand-new draw and 5,000 invitations sent out to eligible candidates.
In addition to meeting the score requirements, in order to qualify, candidates had to have submitted their Express Entry profile into the pool by February 16, 2021 at 09:51:22 UTC.
The April 1st draw marked the third lowest CRS cut-off score for a CEC only draw. The sharpest drop being the historic Saturday surprise draw which only required a score of 75 to be eligible and resulted in every single candidate in the CEC pool getting an invitation.
All three score drops occurred within the last year as the federal government strives to maintain immigration levels in the midst of the pandemic.
Borders continue to be closed and travel restrictions are still in place. This is an especially difficult situation for applicants who have received their paperwork but are unable to complete the landing due to the travel restrictions.
In order to meet the immigration target of 401,000 set out for this year by the federal government, IRCC is focusing on program-specific draws and issuing invitations to immigration candidates who are already residing in Canada.
Since CEC program requires at least one year of full-time work experience, 90% of the CEC candidates are from within Canada.
All the candidates receiving invitations right now will likely become permanent residents before the end of the year, bringing Canada closer to meeting its target.