Canada invites 2,000 candidates in Express Entry drawC
anada invited 2,000 Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada’s latest Express Entry draw, held on September 14.
The CEC is an immigration program aligned with the federal Express Entry system. It allows those who have work experience in Canada to become permanent residents. Candidates need to have at least one year of eligible work experience.
Those who were invited during this draw needed to have a score of 462 according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) in order to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA). They now have 60 days to apply for permanent residence.
This draw was later than expected. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) usually hold CEC-only draws one day after holding PNP-only draws. This means that today’s CEC-only draw was expected on September 2.
PNP is the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), the federal immigration program that allows Canadian provinces and territories to nominate candidates to address their economic and labour market needs.
Express Entry draws have been program-specific (PNP and CEC) since the beginning of pandemic-related health and safety measures. Most of the candidates eligible for these two programs are likely to be already in Canada on a temporary visa.