Express Entry: Massive CEC draw with low CRS cutoff
Candidates with a minimum score of 368 were invited by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Candidates eligible for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class were targeted in the new draw (CEC). Invited candidates have had at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada, as this is a key eligibility requirement of the CEC.
Canada has been holding CEC-only draws with historically low cut-off scores. In the previous CEC draw, candidates only needed to have a score of 380. It was the lowest for a CEC-only draw since the record-breaking February 13 draw at the time. In that draw, CEC candidates with scores as low as 75 received invitations.
The score requirements for PNP-only and CEC-only draws are vastly different. This is due to the fact that PNP candidates automatically receive 600 points added to their score. Candidates for CEC are not competing for invitations to other programmes. As a result, IRCC takes more off the top allowing for cutoff scores to dip into the lower levels.
Express Entry is a system for expressing interest based on points. It handles applications for the three Federal High Skilled programmes: Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Federal Skilled Trades Program. Express Entry is also used by some PNPs to invite candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.
If you are qualified for an Express Entry programme, you will be assigned a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
The CRS assigns points based on factors such as skilled work experience, education, age, official language skills, and others. The IRCC holds invitation rounds on a regular basis. Candidates with the highest scores are given an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.