Canada is a multiracial country with very friendly foreign policies. The country has various programs through which eligible individuals can enter the country and become permanent residents, provided they have the right qualifications.

For example, recently, the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) invited individuals who scored as low as 380 points to apply for permanent residency status.

The candidates were invited under the CEC (Canadian Experience Class), with priority given to those who had worked in Canada for not less than 12 months. Another consideration was for those who had demonstrated their skills in various fields and had knowledge of any intermediate official language.

Express Entry Draws

Express Entry draws are held regularly in Canada, with this latest draw being the 3rd largest since the inception of this idea. Surprisingly, it had the second-lowest CRS (Comprehensive Ranking Score) this year.

New records have been set this year, with the February draw seeing a record 27,332 Canadian Experience Class candidates getting the invitation. In April, two separate draws were held, which attracted 6,000 candidates each.

Going by these figures, 4,114 more candidates were invited, and the CRS was lower by 17 points. Less than one month ago, candidates were invited to the CEC draw, some with low scores of 401.

In-Canada candidates prioritised

Because of the current restrictions in movements courtesy of coronavirus, Express Entry draws prioritize candidates already living in Canada. Candidates who get approved but are not in the country cannot enter the country and process their permanent residency papers. That explains why the government of Canada targets those already in the country.

As of May 6th, almost 95% of Canadian Experience Class candidates were already in the pool. Canadian Experience Class holds draws fortnightly, except the surprise draw held on 20th May 2021. There is another bi-weekly draw held by the immigration department, which targets the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates.

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