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3,300 Express Entry candidates in the Canadian Experience Class program will receive invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the 161st Express Entry draw on August 20th, 2020. The minimum CRS cut-off score for this draw is 454.

Draw Number: 161
Draw Date: August 20th, 2020
Number of Invitations Issued: 3,300
Minimum CRS: 454
Program Specified: Canadian Experience Class
Tie-breaking rule: July 27th, 2020

Canadian Experience Class Candidates Invited

In the 161st Express Entry draw, the IRCC limited the draw to invite only candidates with active profiles in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program. Candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) and Federal Skilled Trades (FST) programs were not considered in this draw.

Today’s draw saw 3,300 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued to CEC candidates with a CRS score of 454 points or higher.

In order to qualify for the Canadian Experience Class program, candidates are required to have a minimum of one year of full-time and skilled work experience in Canada. Additionally, CEC candidates must show proficiency in English or French equivalent to the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or higher.

In spite of the continued uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, we are glad to see that the Canadian government is still holding Express Entry draws. Immigration plays an important role in Canada, and we hope to see these numbers continue to climb in the coming months.

Anya Leibovitch

Anya Leibovitch is a writer, editor, and translator based in Montreal. She writes about the city’s tech and literary scene, as well as immigration.

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