Express Entry

New Express Entry draw held for CEC candidates

Over 4,000 Express Entry candidates can now apply for permanent residency after IRCC holds new draw.


A Canadian Experience Class (CEC) specific round of invitations was held by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for Express Entry candidates on May 13, 2021.

A total of 4,147 qualified CEC candidates received invitations to apply for permanent residency.

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) required was very low at only 401 points. It was one point higher compared to the April 29 draw which had the second lowest score ever for a CEC-specific draw. 

In addition to meeting the score requirement, candidates had to prove their proficiency in either English or French and demonstrate they have one year or more of skilled Canadian work experience.

A cutoff time for the tie-break rule was published by IRCC. Only candidates who submitted their Express Entry profiles before April 29, 2021 at 11:48:14 UTC were considered for the draw. Any applications submitted after this time will be considered in future draws.

Since the beginning of this year, IRCC has been holding regular rounds of invitations targeting Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates and CEC candidates. Because of the travel restrictions that have been put in place due to pandemic, it is much easier for the federal government to invite applicants who are already living and working in Canada.

PNP and CEC candidates who are working are also contributing to Canada’s economic growth and will play a significant role in the country’s post-pandemic recovery.

It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved. In fact, the largest percentage of new immigrants coming into Canada this year will likely be from Express Entry managed programs.

Each round of invitations held by IRCC brings Canada one step closer to meeting its target of welcoming 401,000 newcomers by the end of the year.

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