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Candidates with CRS scores as low as 403 have been invited in Canada’s most recent Express Entry draw.

Canada has extended invitations to 3,000 Express Entry candidates in the 202nd round of invitations.

Today’s draw invited only candidates eligible under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The CRS cut-off has decreased by just one point from the previous CEC draw.

The number of invitations issued has slowly decreased since these targeted draws began; this may suggest that there are fewer CEC candidates in the Express Entry pool.

Draw Summary

Draw Number: 202
Date of Draw: August 19th, 2021
Number of Invitations Issued: 3000
Minimum CRS: 403
Program Specified: Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Tie-breaking rule: August 1st, 2021

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

To be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class, candidates must have at least one year of Canadian work experience. The experience must have been completed in a skilled occupation with valid authorization within the past three years prior to applying. Eligible applicants must also score a minimum 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.

Upon submitting a profile, Express Entry candidates are ranked by a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and given a CRS score. In regular Express Entry draws, Canada targets certain candidates with CRS scores above the chosen cut-off.

Invitations issued in 2021

Canada remains on track to meet their ambitious immigration targets for 2021. To date this year, Canada has invited 105,779 candidates to apply for permanent residence through the Express Entry system. Around the same time last year, Canada had invited just 65,750 candidates. This higher-than-normal number of invitations is likely due to the historic draw in February 2021, which invited over 25,000 CEC candidates.

Canada aims to welcome a record-breaking number of immigrants in 2021 of 401,000. Of this total, Canada plans to target 232,500 economic newcomers; 108,500 will include Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, and Canadian Experience Class candidates. Another 80,800 immigrants will include Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) applicants.

Number of invitations issued in CEC draws this year
CRS cut-off in CEC draws this year

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is the fastest and most popular pathway for newcomers seeking to settle permanently in Canada. Express Entry organizes three main federal economic programs for people who wish to acquire Canadian permanent residenceFederal Skilled Worker (FSW), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades (FST).

Candidates who are eligible to submit an Express Entry profile are given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The score is used to rank candidates against one another in the Express Entry pool. Only the highest ranking candidates will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian Permanent Residence. The Comprehensive Ranking System assigns points based on factors such as age, skilled work experience, education, knowledge of the official languages, and connections to Canada.

After receiving an ITA, a candidate has 60 days to apply for Canadian permanent residency.

How Express Entry draws work

Approximately every two weeks, Canada holds an Express Entry draw, inviting the most competitive candidates to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence.

In each round of invitations, Canada will target both a minimum CRS score and immigration program. Prior to the pandemic, most Express Entry draws did not specify an immigration program. This means that anyone who met the CRS cut-off received an invitation, regardless of the program they had applied under. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Canada has mainly targeted candidates who were likely to already be in Canada. Since March 2020, aside from a brief period between September and December 2020, most draws have targeted candidates eligible under the Canadian Experience Class or a Provincial Nominee Program.

Each Express Entry draw will also specify a tie-breaking rule. This means that if an individual’s CRS score matches that of the lowest ranking candidate, they must have also submitted their profile before the tie-breaking rule date.

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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