Canada has been organizing draws exclusive to candidates in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in 2021 because they are more likely to be in the country. On September 14, Canada organized its 17th CEC draw of the year and issued a total of 2000 invitations to eligible candidates. They can now submit their applications for permanent residence.
CEC candidates who are registered in the Express Entry pool tend to be in the country because Canadian work experience is one of the most important eligibility factors of the program. Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates should have at least a year of full-time work experience in Canada in a skilled profession.
CEC candidates needed a minimum score of 462 to get invited in the draw, as stipulated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). They can submit their applications for permanent residence within 60 days. Currently, IRCC is dealing with a lot of backlog because of the surge in the number of invited candidates. To make up for the immigration losses suffered last year, Canada wants to increase the number of newcomers in 2021. Hence, IRCC has issued thousands of invitations in the last few months.
IRCC is dedicating resources to complete the processing of CEC applicants at the moment. Officers are evaluating CEC applications submitted in January. Other Express Entry applicants might have to face delays. After approving an application, IRCC offers a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) so that the approved permanent residents can finish the landing process.