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Canada invites 6,000 CEC candidates for PR in April 16 Express Entry draw

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Canada issued 6,000 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in the April 16 Express Entry draw. Targeted candidates were in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) with CRS score of 417 and above. This is 1,000 more invitations compared to the previous CEC-only draw and the minimum score was 15 points less.

The April 16 Express Entry draw follows a April 14 draw aimed at Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) candidates that saw 266 ITAs issued and a minimum CRS of 753 points.

The latest PNP-specific draw is a continuation of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s recent policy of inviting candidates who are already likely to be in Canada by targeting CEC and PNP candidates.

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With the April 16 Express Entry draw, IRCC has now issued 55,390 ITAs in 2021, more than double the number at this period in 2020.

Canada has committed to a new plan to increase immigration to 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 announced on April 14 that in May 2021, Canada is launching six new immigration programs for international graduates, essential workers and French speakers. The new immigration programs are designed to facilitate the conversion to permanent residents of approximately 90,000 essential workers and international student graduates on temporary status in Canada by year end. There will also be three programs that will accept an unlimited number of eligible French speakers.

See also ★ Language test guidance for Canada’s 6 new 2021 temporary permanent resident programs


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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.

April 16 Express Entry

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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