Minimum CRS Drops To 369 in the Latest CEC-only Express Entry Draw for Canada PR


Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held a back-to-back Express Entry nomination draw to apply for permanent residency (PR) on July 08. 

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Following the trend of holding alternate PNP-only & CEC-only nomination draws, this 196th Express Entry draw targeted only candidates who qualified for the Canada Experience Class program. That is to say, candidates are required to have at least one year of work experience inside Canada.

Canada has been prioritizing candidates who are more likely to be already living in the country, since the start of the year. Even so, Canada is yet to make a firm decision on opening its border to international travel, Prime Minister Trudeau has hinted upon new relaxations soon to follow in the upcoming weeks. Here’s what you need to know before travelling to Canada. 

Highlights of July 08 Express Entry Draws:

  1. Larger Draw Size: Canada invited 4,500 candidates with prior work experience in Canada to apply for permanent residency in this draw. The total number of ITAs issued in this draw is closer to the previous CEC-only draw. 

All the invited candidates have already demonstrated their work experience in Canada. More specifically, international graduates, temporary workers have a great chance of qualifying for Canada PR under the CEC immigration program.  

  1. Higher Qualifying Score: Any prospective candidates that seek to register their profile for consideration under the Express Entry system shall be assessed and ranked based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). 

Such profiles are evaluated on a total of 1200 points and considers human capital factors like age, education, work experience outside Canada, language proficiency in English/French, spouse adaptability, Canadian study experience, etc. 

The 196th Express Entry draw required candidates to have a qualifying CRS score of just 369. The minimum required CRS score increased by 12 points than the previous CEC-only draw

The vast difference in the minimum CRS score between PNP-only & CEC-only draws must be analyzed from the fact that candidates who already have a provincial nomination receive about 600 additional points.

  1. Tie-Break Rule: IRCC applies a tie-break rule to avoid disputes in the rankings in the case where two or more candidates are awarded the same CRS score. This draw invited candidates who had a minimum score of 369 and only if they submitted their Express Entry profile before June 10, 2021, at 22:46:37 UTC.
Nimeesha is 33 and holds a master’s degree from Canada. She has been working in the country as a database analyst for just over one year. She has a combined work experience of over 7 years and also has attained advanced English language proficiency. On entering the Express Entry pool, her CRS score registered 456 points. This is more than enough to qualify in today’s Express Entry draw.

Express Entry in 2021

IRCC has regularly held Express Entry draws in 2021. Only program-specific draws linked to either Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) or Canada Experience Class (CEC) 

have been held so far, thereby ignoring the candidates who qualified under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). This may be largely due to the COVID-related travel restrictions internationally. 

FSWP candidates are mostly foreign skilled workers who do not have work experience inside Canada and do not hold a job offer in Canada. However, they may qualify for permanent residency based on their age, language proficiency, education, and relevant work experience abroad. 

Canada has recently tweaked the Express Entry Criteria which strongly suggests that All-program Express Entry Draws are imminent soon. Click to read more.  

In 2021 alone, 108,500 new immigrants are supposed to come through Express Entry-managed programs. Almost 93,842 Express Entry candidates have been already invited to apply for permanent residency. 

Click here to get a quick review of nomination draws in January, February, March, April, May, and June 2021.  

Take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility for permanent residency. 

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For more such updates on Canadian immigration, keep following our news section. If you are planning to apply for immigration, contact CanApprove to know your best visa options & immigration pathways.

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