The Federal Express Entry (EE) Draw #154 held on June 25, 2020 by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Services (IRCC) issued a total of 3508 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to candidates under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) category. The CEC candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) of 431, a 6-point drop since the last EE CEC draw on June 11th, which was 437. This is the lowest CRS score for CEC candidates we have seen since 2017. Scores continue to drop in each draw.

The CRS scores have continued to drop during each draw. Total ITA’s issued in 2020 is 49,900.

In order to qualify under the CEC, candidates must have 1 year of Canadian work experience out of the last 3 years. All draws held by IRCC since March 4th have been targeted CEC EE, or Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) EE draws. In response to the COVID-19 travel restrictions currently implemented by the Canadian Government, IRCC is restricting and targeting its draws to CEC and PNP candidates only. To date, we have not been advised when they will start conducting all-program draws again. The rationale held by IRCC is that with travel restrictions and the Quarantine Act, it is easier to grant permanent residency (PR) to applicants who are already in Canada.

Under current travel restrictions, the land-borders have restricted entry to only those carrying out “essential” services and closures are being extended until the end of July 2020. This has severely halted individuals from being able to enter Canada. In addition, there are air travel bans as well, which makes it almost impossible to travel to Canada, even with a valid employment offer.

Currently, restrictions have been lifted for immediate relatives of Canadian citizens and Permanent residents, so they can be reunited with family members. Other foreign nationals seeking to travel to Canada are restricted, unless they are covered under a specific exemption, and they are travelling for non-optional and non-discretionary purposes, and if entering from the U.S., foreign nationals must satisfy government officials that they are travelling for non-optional and non-discretionary purposes.

In order to determine whether you may qualify for the CEC EE, or if you already have received an Invitation and would like assistance on your PR application, feel free to contact us.