In the Express Entry draw held on February 13, which is the largest ever in history, Canada invited every single Canadian Experience Class(CEC) candidates in the Express Entry pool, revealed the Immigration department of Canada. A total of 27332 CEC candidates received invitations in the draw. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) cut-off score was 75. However, the average score of the invited candidates was 415. Before this draw, the highest number of invitations issued in an Express Entry draw was 5000, which is three times lower than the latest draw.
A tie-break rule was fixed, but IRCC did not use it, according to a spokesperson. It means there were no CEC candidates in the Express Entry pool with a score below 75, who had submitted their profiles before September 12, 2020.
Why Canada invited a high number of CEC candidates?
Canada is depending on immigration to sustain a healthy population growth and ensure enough supply of labour, as the existing population fo the country is aging fast. However, in the current circumstances where border restrictions have been imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Canada has no other option but to prioritize candidates who are already in Canada in order to meet the high immigration targets set for the current year.
Eligibility requirements for Canadian Experience Class
To receive an Express Entry invitation through Canadian Experience Class, you need to first submit an Express Entry profile. Then you will be awarded a CRS score based on various eligibility factors such as age, education, work experience, language ability etc. Those who meet the basic eligibility criteria for CEC will be invited to apply for permanent residence.
The eligibility requirements for Canada Experience Class include:
- At least 1,560 hours of paid Canadian work experience in a skilled occupation. It equals to one year of full-time work experience or equivalent part-time experience.
- The candidates whose jobs are classified under NOC O or A must have language ability equal to Canadian Language Benchmark(CLB) 7. For technical jobs and skilled trades(NOC B), the language proficiency must be equal to CLB 5.
- The candidate must also be admissible to Canada and be living outside the province of Quebec.
If you have received an ITA, you may submit the complete application within 90 days.
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