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Canada has invited 4,500 Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates to apply for permanent residence in the 196th Express Entry draw.

Draw Summary

Draw Number: 196
Date of Draw: July 8th, 2021
Number of Invitations Issued: 4500
Minimum CRS: 369
Program Specified: Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Tie-breaking rule: June 10th, 2021

Since the historic draw in February, which issued over 25,000 invitations to CEC candidates with CRS scores as low as 75, Canada continues to invite CEC applicants with far less competitive profiles than what has been previously been selected. These low scores may not last for long. As the borders slowly reopen in a multi-phase approach, many expect the Federal Skilled Worker draws to resume. With the recommencement of all-program draws, we may also see the CRS cut-off revert to a higher range. However, as immigration targets for 2021-2023 have increased in October 2020 to help the Canadian economy recover, the CRS cut-off may not be as competitive as what had been seen in pre-pandemic draws.

How can I be eligible for a CEC Express Entry draw?

To be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class, candidates must have completed at least one year of Canadian work experience in a skilled occupation, completed with valid authorization within the past three years prior to applying. CEC candidates must score at least a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 on each area of the official language exam. If the Canadian work experience is in NOC skill type B, candidates require only a CLB 5.

Lauren Boorman

Lauren is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant based in Montreal with a particular focus on researching and writing about the latest updates in immigration news.

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