Express Entry CEC Draw

Lowest-Ever CRS Requirement in the New Express Entry CEC Draw

Published on : February 15, 2021


Key Highlights:

  • Overview
  • Six Times Bigger
  • Candidates from EE CEC
  • IRCC’s Commitment
  • Express Entry System
  • Frequency of Draws

Canada invites 27,332 Express Entry immigration candidates in the historic draw held on Saturday, 13 February 2021. 

You read that, right! This round invited tens of thousands of immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada.

Six Times Bigger

This draw was about six times bigger than the largest Express Entry draws ever held. Earlier 5,000 ITAs were issued between 18 November and 23 December last year in four straight draws.

The lowest CRS cutoff score requirement was 199 points in the Federal Skilled Trades Program draw held on 16 May 2017.

Candidates from EE CEC

On 13 February 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited candidates from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). 

It was unprecedented that these CEC candidates only required to have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 75 points to be selected for permanent residence. 

It is the lowest CRS requirement ever in the history of Express Entry. It amounted to inviting almost every CEC candidate in the Express Entry pool.

CRS Cutoff-Score for the last 10 draws to 11 feb 2021


The tie-break rule implemented by IRCC for candidates scoring a minimum of 75 points meant that only those candidates would be included having created their Express Entry profiles before 12 September 2020 at 15:31 UTC.  

IRCC’s Commitment

This draw shows that IRCC is committed to achieving its’ target of 401,000 fresh immigrant candidates in the year 2021. About 108,500 of these newcomers are to come through Express Entry managed programs. 

The Express Entry system is most likely to continue to be the primary source of new immigrants to Canada in the days to come.

Annual Admission targets and ITAs to date 13 february 2021

Express Entry System

It is an immigration program and an application management system for the undermentioned three programs under the Federal High Skilled category.

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

Skilled workers worldwide creating an Express Entry profile need to make sure that they are eligible in any one of the above programs. They will get a CRS score based upon their age, education, work experience, English or French language skills, and other factors.

Express Entry candidates getting a provincial nomination will receive an additional 600 CRS points. It virtually guarantees them an ITA in an Express Entry round. 

Frequency of Draws

Express Entry draws are held by IRCC once every two weeks. It has not held an all-program draw so far in 2021. Only CEC and PNP candidates have been invited so far. 

These candidates have mainly been prioritised during the coronavirus pandemic since they are more likely to be in the country. PNP-aligned Express Entry candidates have been chosen by demands of the province’s local labour markets.

In a separate press release, IRCC explained that almost 90 per cent of the CEC candidates selected through this draw already live in Canada. 

Canada looks forward to welcoming skilled workers from abroad only when travel restrictions are lifted.

Topics: Migrate, Canada




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