Canada has now held 17 CEC draws since the start of 2021.
Canada invited 2,000 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on September 14.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates with scores of at least 462. Invited candidates now have 60 days to apply for permanent residency.
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This draw comes later than expected, as this year IRCC has typically held a CEC draw after a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw. Usually, IRCC holds a PNP draw on Wednesdays followed by a CEC draw on Thursday. However, the CEC draw expected on September 2 did not come.https://d4f78356aca1d5e69f84e5403655c51a.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
IRCC has now held the draw one day before the next PNP-specific Express Entry draw is expected to occur.
All hands on deck to process CEC applications
Although IRCC is backlogged, the department has pushed its resources to focus on processing CEC applicants, according to the government webpage. Currently, officers are finalizing CEC applications received in January. The department says all other Express Entry applicants can expect delays.
In order to meet its 2021 immigration targets amid travel restrictions, IRCC has focused its efforts on immigration applicants who are already in Canada.
The majority of CEC candidates in the Express Entry pool apply from inside the country, since Canadian experience is a key eligibility factor. CEC candidates must have at least one year of full-time Canadian work experience in a skilled occupation.