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Express Entry Program: Outlook for third Week of September

In early September IRCC only held a PNP draw, but this time around, they reverted back to their pattern of holding back to back PNP and CEC draws. The two draws combined resulted in IRCC issuing 2,521 invitations to candidates. They are now eligible to apply for their permanent residency. 


First CEC draw of September held by IRCC is a substantial one 

IRCC holds 17th Express Entry draw of 2021 for CEC only candidates 

On September 14, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held an Express Entry draw and invited 2,000 immigration candidates. 

Candidates with scores of 462 or higher were selected from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). 

Over this past year, IRCC has gotten into a pattern of holding back to back PNP and CEC specific draws, however, when IRCC held a PNP only draw on September 1, 2021, the expected CEC only draw did not occur on September 2, 2021.  

The federal government has made it clear immigration was a top priority for 2021. CRS scores have been dropped to make the draws more accessible and IRCC has been holding much bigger draws, inviting thousands of people in one shot.  

A significant portion of IRCC’s departmental resources has also been tasked with processing CEC applications in order to deal with COVID related delays and backlogs. 

The immigration target for 2021 is to admit 108,500 newcomers through the Express Entry system. With the frequent draws IRCC has been holding throughout 2021, they are on the verge of reaching this target. 


Canada holds Express Entry draw for PNP candidates 

521 candidates with a provincial nomination receive invitation by IRCC 

Express Entry candidates who had previously received a provincial nomination were eligible for IRCC’s latest draw held on September 15, 2021. 

521 candidates were selected to apply for permanent residency. 

In order to be eligible for the draw, candidates had to have received a nomination under a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and meet a minimum score of 732 or higher. 

Because these candidates had a provincial nomination, they automatically received 600 points on their existing Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which means their original score is actually only 132! 

Candidates who received an invitation will need to complete and submit their application for permanent residency within 60 days. Candidates who submit their applications within the next few weeks may receive their residency papers before the end of the year. 

This draw is the 18th PNP-only draw to be held by IRCC this year. Due to the pandemic related challenges, the federal government has been concentrating on issuing invitations only to PNP and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates, since the majority of these candidates are already living and working in Canada. To date, more than 100,000 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) have been issued, which is on track with the government’s 2021 immigration targets

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