The Canadian government in an unprecedented move today, February 13, 2021, decided to invite 27,332 immigration applicants to apply for Permanent Residence. “In an effort to help more skilled workers stay in Canada and bolster our economic recovery, approximately 27,300 workers with Canadian experience received an invitation today to apply for permanent residence. These workers fall under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) of the Express Entry pool,” the government statement said.
Apart from being the largest Express Entry draw in Canadian history, it also had the lowest Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) at 75 points. The only caveat is that the applicants should have uploaded their Express Entry, one of the ways to migrate to Canada, profiles before September 12, 2020. Express Entry is given to skilled workers who have Canadian work experience and want to become permanent residents.
The invitations made today were issued under Canadian Experience Class which is one of the three options for Express Entry. Under this class, you must have obtained at least one year of skilled or technical work experience in Canada in three years of the application and must meet Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of five for National Occupation Classification [NOC B (Technical jobs and skilled trades)] jobs or CLB of seven for NOC O (managerial) or A (professional).
Candidates should also plan to work anywhere in Canada except the province of Quebec. Quebec runs its own Quebec Experience Class program. One year of work experience means at least 1,560 hours of skilled work either full-time or part-time in Canada. Applicants in this pool can remain in Canada throughout the application process and candidates not in Canada can also apply through this program provided that they put had put in their application within three years of leaving their jobs in Canada.
You’re not eligible for the Canadian Experience Class if you’re a refugee claimant in Canada; you’re working without authorization or your work experience was gained without temporary resident status in Canada. These figures will likely go up in the coming years as Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada recently said:
“In 2021 we hope to land 401,000 new immigrants; next year it’ll be 411,000; and then in 2023, it’ll be 421,000. Over the course of the next three years, we hope to welcome 1.2 new million Canadians, all of whom we expect are going to contribute to our economic recovery in some of the most vital sectors of our economy whether it’s health care, building and infrastructure and in the tech sector as well.”