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In the 174th Express Entry draw, Canada issued 4,626 invitations to Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence. This draw was specific to Canadian Experience Class candidates.  The minimum CRS cut-off score for this draw was 454.

Draw Number: 174
Draw Date: January 21, 2021
Number of Invitations Issued: 4,626
Minimum CRS: 454
Program Specified: Canadian Experience Class
Tie-breaking rule: July 23, 2020

4,626 Canadian Experience Class Candidates Invited

In the fourth Express Entry draw of 2021, the Canadian government has extended 4,626 invitations to qualified Canadian Experience class candidates. The CRS cut-off score for this draw was 454, down 7 points from the last CEC-specific draw.

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.

This is only the fourth Express Entry draw of the year, and Canada has already extended invitations to 9,376 CEC candidates alone. With more than 400,000 foreign nationals expected to receive invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence in 2021, we expect to see more big numbers in future Express Entry draws.

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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