As Canada comes out of a third coronavirus wave, IRCC continues holding draws prioritizing candidates already living in Canada.
The month of May ended with a major surprise for Express Entry candidates as Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held a fairly large draw on May 31, 2021.
The federal government issued invitations to 5,956 immigration candidates who met a minimum CRS score of 380, making it the second lowest score required so far this year.
This is the third largest Express Entry draw to be conducted by Canada.
In April of this year, 6,000 candidates were selected in two separate draws, while the largest draw ever held was the historic and wholly unexpected draw of February 13, 2021 when IRCC invited 27,332 candidates in one shot.
For this draw, candidates who met the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) requirements were specifically targeted. In order to qualify, candidates had to demonstrate intermediate proficiency in either official language and prove they have one year or more of skilled work experience in Canada.
Prioritizing in-Canada candidates
It’s no secret that the pandemic has caused significant problems for Canada’s immigration goals. Border closures and travel restrictions have made it extremely difficult for foreign nationals to complete their landings and many are stuck in limbo unable to move forward.
Given the integral role immigrants play in Canada’s economic and social growth, the federal government needs to increase the number of newcomers for 2021 and they have been pursuing their goal very aggressively.
Since the beginning of this year, IRCC has focused almost entirely on ensuring eligible domestic candidates can become permanent residents as quickly as possible.
The government is meeting its targets by holding Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and CEC specific draws only and issuing invitations to candidates already living and working in the country.
For 2021, the goal is to welcome 108,500 newcomers through Express-Entry managed programs. Five months into the year and IRCC has already issued 74,773 invitations.
A few more large scale draws and they’ll hit their target before the end of Q2.