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Express Entry Program: Outlook for third Week of July

Canada holds two back to back rounds of invitations for Express Entry candidates in PNP and CEC specific draws and issues nearly 5,000 invitations. All 4,962 invited candidates can now apply for their permanent residency in Canada.


CRS drops in new Express Entry draw with fewer invitations issued

462 candidates are invited by IRCC in latest PNP only draw

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) specific draw on July 21, 2021 and issued invitations to 462 immigration candidates.

While the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score did drop, it was still relatively high at 734. The reason being, the candidates who received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in this draw had previously received a provincial nomination.

When an applicant gets nominated from the province, they are automatically awarded 600 extra points on their existing CRS score. This means, the original score for each candidate was 134 or higher.

As part of their administrative requirements, a cutoff time for the tie-break rule was published by IRCC. According to this cutoff time, in order to qualify for the draw, candidates had to have submitted their profiles in the Express Entry system by April 11, 2021 at 10:56:32 UTC. Profiles received after this time were not considered for this draw.

Compared to the July 7, 2021 draw, where the minimum CRS was 760, the score required for this draw was much lower and the number of invitations issued were less as well.

Once the invited applicants submit all their paperwork, there is a good chance the successful applicants will become permanent residents before the year is out.


CEC only draw held for Express Entry candidates

Score for latest draw held by IRCC matches second lowest CRS score

Following the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) only draw held by IRCC, a second round of invitations was held the following day on July 22, 2021.

This one for Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates only.

It was quite a large draw and resulted in 4,500 Express Entry candidates receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residency.

Link for new immigration streams goes live

In order to be eligible for the draw, candidates were required to meet a minimum CRS score of 357 or higher and had to have submitted their profiles into the system before February 14, 2021 at 09:04:15 UTC. This was the cutoff time established as per the tie-break rule.

The required score of 357 is the same as the second lowest score ever for a CEC draw, which was significantly higher than the historic low score of 75 for the draw held at the beginning of the year on February 13, 2021.

By holding PNP and CEC only draws, IRCC is getting increasingly closer to meeting its 2021 immigration target of welcoming 108,500 newcomers into the country through Express Entry-managed programs.


A few more draws like this and Canada will hit that goal well before the end of the year.

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