The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) broke the record for the most Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued in a year with its latest Express Entry draw. On September 14, 2021, the IRCC conducted an Express Entry draw to invite 2,000 Canadian Experience Class (CEC) applicants with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 462 points.
With this draw, the total number of applicants invited this year reached 108,414. This number is significantly higher considering there are 3 more months to come in 2021. Compared to the 107,350 applicants invited in 2020 and a total of 89,800 ITAs issued in 2018, the Express Entry system has recovered post-pandemic.
How Many Express Entry Draws Were Conducted in 2021?
The IRCC conducted a total of 34 Express Entry draws in 2021, including 17 draws for Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) applicants. A total of 8,716 PNP applicants have been invited this year through the Express Entry system. The maximum number of ITAs issued this year was on February 13, 2021, to invite a whooping 27,332 CEC applicants.
In 2021, the IRCC will mainly switch between CEC and PNP applicants since they are already residing in Canada as temporary residents. Despite the pandemic, the IRCC managed to issue 107,350 ITAs in 2020.