Express Entry Draw 206: IRCC skips CEC draw

OTTAWA ― Canada has invited 761 PNP Candidates in Express Entry draw 206 on September 29, 2021. The Comprehensive Ranking Score cut-off increased by ten points to 742 points compared to the previous PNP draw of 732.

This means that candidates needed a CRS score of at least 742 points to receive an invitation from this Express Entry draw. 

The cut-off score is higher because IRCC targeted this draw towards candidates having a provincial nomination. Only the candidates from the Provincial Nominee Program were eligible for this round of invitations.

Provincial nominees get 600 additional points in the Express Entry profile.

Previous Express Entry PNP Draw was held on on September 15, 2021 and compared to it, we see an increase in candidates who received an invitation in this Express Entry draw. There were 761 invitees this time around compared to 521 from the previous draw. This is an increase of 240 invitations.

Express Entry Draw 206

Program: Candidates with Provincial Nomination
Comprehensive Ranking Score: 742
Invitations issued: 761

ITA issued to 761 candidates under the “Provincial Nominee Program”. The minimum CRS points required were 742 points. The tie break date was July 29, 2021 at 09:45:29 UTC

Canada has issued more than 109k invitations so far in 2021 through Express Entry program including latest Express Entry draw 206

The number of invitations via Express Entry Draw this year has reached a milestone of 109,696 out of which the Canadian Experience Class accounts for 91% invitations at 99,653 and Provincial Nominee Program accounts for 9% invitations at 10,043.

PNP and CEC Draws continue the trend

While the travel restrictions were removed on September 7, Canada has still continued with CEC and PNP draws . This time around, IRCC has broken a trend. Usually, a PNP draw is held first followed by a CEC draw on the next day.

However, there is a definite change in the trend.

During the previous invitation round, Canada conducted CEC draw first and then followed it with a PNP draw. And in the current week, Canada has skipped the CEC draw altogether. This means we have now seen two PNP draws - Express Entry Draw 205 and 206 both are PNP draws - without any CEC draws in between.

Canada has been inviting only PNP and CEC candidates this year. There doesn't seem to be a need for an open draw since the pandemic travel restrictions have kept people out of Canada anyway, but later this year they might consider doing it all again and start inviting outland candidates.

Canada is looking to increase the number of immigrants they welcome annually, and have a goal of 1.2 million new Canadian immigrants in three years! This year alone 108,935 invitations were sent out with this draw.

Candidates from other countries have been wondering when will Canada conduct a FSW draw. It was the expectation that all program FSW draw will start once travel restrictions were removed.

Express Entry

Canada ranks Express Entry candidates in the pool using a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). About every 2 weeks, IRCC invites the top candidates in the pool to apply for permanent residence during rounds of invitations. If you are looking to increase your CRS score, here are Six ways to improve your CRS Score.

Did you receive an invitation in this Express Entry round? Discuss in the Canada Immigration Visa Forum.

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