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2000 CEC candidates invited in September 14 Express Entry draw

Express Entry Draw - 204

In the first Canadian Experience Class (CEC)-specific Express Entry draw of September, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC) invited 2000 candidates to apply for permanent residence. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required to receive an invitation in the draw was 462. The candidates who have received the invitations may now apply for permanent residence within 60 days.

The draw, held on September 14, comes days after a Provincial Nominee Program-specific Express Entry draw was held on September 1. Usually, a CEC-only Express Entry draw takes place just a day after the PNP-only draw.

Canada Express Entry continues to focus on CEC and PNP-specific Express Entry candidates as they are likely to be in the country at the time of receiving the invitation. Because of this reason, they need to travel to Canada amidst restrictions imposed in the wake of COVID-19. Besides work experience in Canada is a major eligibility factor under the Canadian Experience Class. To receive an Express Entry invitation under the Canadian Experience Class, the candidates must have minimum one year of full-time Canadian work experience in a skilled occupation.

Express Entry invitations double from 2020

Compared to the year 2020, the number of Express Entry ITAs issued this year has almost doubled. So it is all likely that the IRCC will meet its annual target of admitting 108500 newcomers through Express Entry in 2021.

Compared to PNP-only Express Entry draws, the CRS score requirement remain typically low with CEC-only draws. First of all, the candidates do not have to compete with any other categories as in the case of all-program draws. At the same time, PNP candidates receive 600 additional CRS score points along with provincial nomination. So CRS cut-off score remain typically high in PNP-only Express Entry draws. 764 for was the minimum CRS score required to receive an invitation in the PNP-only Express Entry draw held on September 1.

Canada Express Entry

The Express Entry system of Canada manages applications for immigration under the three federal economic immigration programs, which are Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Trades Program. The candidates who submit their Express Entry profiles are assessed on the basis of various human capital factors such as age, education, work experience, language proficiency etc. Each candidates is then awarded a Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score out of 1200. Those with the highest scores are invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada in the Express Entry draws that are conducted regularly. The candidates who have a provincial nomination are awarded 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score points.

Express Entry draws held so far in 2021


Date Number Number of invitations issued CRS cut-off score
14-09-2021 204 2000(CEC-specific) 462
1-09-2021 203 635 (PNP-specific)  764
19-08-2021 202 3000(CEC-specific) 403
18-08-2021 201 463(PNP-specific) 751
05-08-2021 200 3000(CEC specific) 404
04-08-2021 199 512(PNP-specific) 760
22-07-2021 198 4500(CEC-specific draw) 357
21-07-2021 197 462(PNP-specific) 734
8-7-2021 196 4500(CEC-specific draw) 369
7-7-2021 195 627(PNP-specific) 760
24-6-2021 194 6000(CEC-specific draw) 357
23-6-2021 193 1002(PNP-specific) 742
10-6-2021 192 6000(CEC-specific) 368
9-6-2021 191 940(PNP-specific) 711
31-5-2021 190 5956(CEC-specific) 380
26-5-2021 189 500(PNP-specific) 713
20-5-2021 188 1842(CEC-specific) 397
13-5-2021 187 4,147(CEC-specific) 401
12-5-2021 186 557(PNP-specific) 752
29-4-2021 185 6000(CEC-specific) 400
28-4-2021 184 381(PNP-specific) 717
16-4-2021 183  6000(CEC-specific) 417
15-4-2021 182 266(PNP-specific) 753
1-4-2021 181 5000(CEC-specific) 432
31-3-2021 180 284(PNP-specific)


18-3-2021 179 5000(CEC-specific) 449
17-3-2021 178 183 (PNP-specific) 682
8-3-2021 177 671(PNP-specific) 739
13-2-2021 176 27332(CEC-specific)  75
10-2-2021 175 654(PNP-specific) 720
21-1-2021 174 4626(CEC-specific) 454
20-1-2021 173 374(PNP-specific) 741
8-1-2021 172 4750(CEC-specific) 461
6-1-2021 171 250(PNP-specific) 813


If you are aspiring to migrate to Canada, creating an Express Entry profile will open up various options for you to realise your dream. To know how to create an Express Entry profile and choose the best immigration pathway for you, connect with the Canada immigration experts of CanApprove.

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