More of the same...sort of
This morning brought news that Canada has invited another 5,000 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence. This is the first draw after a record number (27,332) candidates were invited in the last draw in February.
Invited candidates had to have a score of at least 449 (remember the February draw of 75 points) in order to receive an invitation to join the Canadian family. As a refresher, the eligibility is based upon everything from one year of full-time skilled work experience in Canada, education, language skills and relatives in Canada.
The last draw speaks to the desire of the Canadian government to meet its immigration targets (set for over 400,000 in 2021) and doing so in light of a pandemic - meaning making it easier for most candidates who are actually in Canada. In fact, almost 77 per cent of Express Entry candidates in Canada were eligible for the CEC in data made available by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada earlier this month.
In the months ahead, keep an eye on the numbers. So far in 2021, Canada has invited 125% more candidates to apply under CEC, than in 2020. And keep in mind, that was pre-pandemic. Get your express entry applications ready!