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Canada invites 5,956 CEC candidates for PR in May 31 Express Entry draw

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Canada issued 5,956 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in a the May 31 Express Entry draw to candidates in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The CRS score requirement dropped to 380 points from 397 in the previous CEC-specific draw.

The May 31 Express Entry draw targeted candidates in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) who had at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada and intermediate language proficiency in English or French.

The May 31 Express Entry draw was the third largest Express Entry draw ever and the second-lowest CRS in 2021. Previous draw records were also set this year with the 27,332 CEC candidates in one draw in February and 6,000 CEC candidates each in two separate draws in April. See Canada invites 27,332 in one single February 13 Express Entry draw, lowest CRS ever; Canada invites another 6,000 CEC candidates for PR in April 29 Express Entry draw; Canada invites 6,000 CEC candidates for PR in April 16 Express Entry draw.

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The draw is a continuation of IRCC’s recent policy of inviting candidates who are already likely to be in Canada by targeting Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) candidates. Earlier in the coronavirus crisis, IRCC switched to draws focused on PNP and CEC candidates, given that these candidates are more likely to already be in the country as temporary residents.

See also Eligibility for the Canadian Experience Class (Express Entry) – 2021 Guidelines

The May 31 Express Entry draw brought the number of ITAs issued so far in 2021 to 74,733 – significantly higher than the 42,100 issued by the same period in 2020.

Canada is on pace to hit its new plan to increase immigration to more than 401,000 newcomers in 2021 and up to 1.2 million by 2023. Canada believes that immigration will spur economic recovery after the coronavirus crisis.


Canada Express Entry immigration system

Express Entry is the application system that Canada uses to manage skilled worker applications. It is the most popular way to immigrate to Canada.

In order to enter the federal Express Entry pool, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile. You must meet the eligibility requirements for one of the three programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class.

A job offer is not required to enter or be selected from the Express Entry pool although additional CRS points are awarded to those who already have a job.

May 31 Express Entry draw

Based on your personal information you will be given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. Your CRS is a numerical value, out of a possible 1,200, determined by your core human capital. This is essentially your age, work experience, educational background, ability to adapt and language skills.


The CRS points may be awarded to an individual or a couple. Candidates do not need to have any experience in Canada in order to be invited to apply for permanent residence. They do not need a job offer, but a job offer may give them some extra points.

Once your profile has been completed and your CRS has been calculated, you will be placed into a pool of candidates ranked by their CRS score. Find out if you are potentially eligible to enter the Express Entry pool. The Canadian federal government and the provincial and territorial governments regularly draws candidates from this pool to issue ITAs based on particular needs and shortages in the country or provinces.

How does the Express Entry system work?

Canada’s Express Entry immigration system is competitive. Only a limited number of candidates with the highest CRS points in the pool are issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws which typically take place every two weeks. A candidate’s CRS score is based on factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

IRCC will issue qualified candidates from the Express Entry pool an invitation to apply for permanent residence. After your application is approved and you complete the landing process, you will officially become a Canadian permanent resident.

Improve your CRS score

It is advised that you continue to improve your CRS scoring in a number of ways.  See Tips for Improving Express Entry CRS Scores. Before the pandemic, a candidate typically needed a CRS of around 450-470 points in a regular all-program draw to receive a permanent residence invitation. This usually requires candidates to have several years of post-secondary and perhaps multiple educational credentials, several years of work experience, and a strong English and/or French language proficiency. It is therefore best to continue improving your CRS score to the highest possible.

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