Express Entry draw: Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Date of draw: September 14, 2021
Draw number: 204
Number of Invitations issued: 2,000
CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 462
This is the 1st CEC draw of the month September in which IRCC invited a total of 2,000 candidates to apply for permanent residency. As per the tie-break rule, only candidates who submitted their profile before September 11, 2021 at 10:55:43 UTC were nominated. If more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.
What is Canadian Experience Class (CEC)?
This category is for skilled workers who have Canadian work experience and want to become permanent residents. Candidates must have at least 1 year of skilled work experience in Canada, in the last 3 years before they apply.
How are candidates selected from the Express Entry pool?
IRCC ranks candidates in the Express Entry pool using a point-based system known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The highest-ranking candidates are selected from the pool and invited to apply for permanent residence.
The CRS required in the 17th CEC Draw held on September 14, 2021 was only 462; an increase of 59 points from the previous CEC draw held on August 19, 2021.
We can notice an up and down trend in the minimum score requirements for the CEC draws during this year. The frequency of Express Entry draws usually affects the CRS cut-off score.
CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of June 21, 2021
The numbers in this table reflect the total number of people in the pool overall, a few days before an invitation round. The score distribution may change as people submit new profiles and other profiles expire. The table numbers not in bold are a detailed breakdown of the bold number immediately above.
What is an Invitation to Apply (ITA)?
The ITA is an auto-generated correspondence issued to Express Entry candidates through their online account. The ITA is issued to candidates who rank the highest in a round of invitations, based on their score in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
Upon receipt of an ITA, invited candidates will have 60 calendar days to submit a complete application for permanent residence. This includes providing all supporting documentation up front.
Candidates with a provincial or territorial nomination certificate are awarded an additional 600 points in the CRS and are normally invited to apply at the next round of invitations to which they are eligible.
When there is a general round of invitations, and a candidate appears eligible for multiple classes (e.g., the federal skilled worker class and the Canadian experience class), the system automatically invites the candidate to apply one of the classes namely provincial nominee class (PNC); Canadian experience class (CEC); federal skilled worker class (FSWC); and federal skilled trades class (FSTC).
The total number of invitation allocated for CEC candidates this year amounts to 99,653.
The September 14, 2021 draw is the 34th draw of 2021 and brings the total ITAs issued so far this year to 108,414. To recall, IRCC has mentioned in its Immigration Plan last year that Canada intends to admit 108,500 Express Entry candidates in 2021.
Only two types of programs -specific Express Entry draws were held by IRCC, namely CEC and PNP throughout the pandemic situation. Candidates from both categories are more likely to already be living in Canada.
As per research conducted by IRCC it was deduced that those candidates who have a Canadian work and/or study experience can easily integrate quickly into the labour market. Around 90 per cent candidates are applying domestically. On the other hand, candidates who have been nominated by a Province often need work experience, study experience or some other connection to the province.
Draw History for the Year 2021