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IRCC holds surprise CEC-only draw

Second lowest score required in surprise CEC specific draw inviting 1,842 candidates.


Continuing it’s trend of holding surprise draws with low CRS requirements, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held a Canadian Experience Class (CEC) only draw on May 20, 2021 with the second lowest score requirement of 2021.

In order to qualify for the draw, candidates needed to meet a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of only 397. A total of 1,842 candidates received an invitation to apply for their permanent residency. 

The last surprise, CEC specific draw had been held on February 13, 2021 and all eligible applicants needed a score of 75 only! That historic draw resulted in 27,332 candidates receiving an invitation from IRCC.

For administrative purposes, IRCC publishes a cutoff time for the tie-break rule each time a draw is held, regardless of whether there is an actual tie or not. In order to be considered for this draw, candidates had to have submitted their Express Entry profiles by April 24, 2021 at 12:09:24 UTC. Any applications submitted after this cutoff time were not considered.

Express Entry 2021 

2021 has been a wild and unpredictable year for immigration.

Following on the heels of dramatically reduced immigration numbers from 2020, the federal government has been working overtime to reach its immigration goals for 2021.

During draws, IRCC has been issuing up to 5,000-6,000 invitations at a time. Not to mention the nearly 30,000 applicants who received invitations in February 2021.

To date, a total of 68,317 Express Entry candidates have received an invitation.

The federal government is focusing on Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and CEC only draws and targeting applicants who are already living and working in Canada.

Due to the travel restrictions in place, this is a more efficient way of assuring Canada will reach its target of 401,000 newcomers by the end of this year.

Five months into the new year, the surprises are still rolling. For anyone still on the fence about applying for Canadian immigration, now is definitely the time to apply!

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