Express Entry Draw 188 sees CRS cut off drop further to 397

Canada broke the trend and skipped a PNP round in express entry draw number 188. Canada invited 1842 candidates under the Canadian Experience Class on May 20, 2021.

The minimum CRS score cut off fell to 397 compared to 401 in the previous draw (Draw# 187 CEC).

The IRCC targeted this draw towards candidates in Canadian Experience Class. Only the candidates from the Canadian Experience Class were eligible for this round of invitations.

The last CEC draw was held on May 13, 2021. The number of CEC candidates who received invitation have decreased compared to previous draw.

Express Entry Draw 188

Program: Candidates under Canadian Experience Class
Comprehensive Ranking Score: 397
Invitations issued: 1842

ITA issued to 1842 candidates under the “Canadian Experience Class”. The minimum CRS points required were 397 points. The tie break date was April 24, 2021 at 12:09:24 UTC

Canadian Experience Class

In order to qualify under CEC, candidates must have 1 year skilled work experience in Canada in NOC 0, A or B jobs out of past three years. There is no education requirement for the Canadian Experience Class. Candidates must also meet the required language levels needed for their job for each language ability. Learn more about Canadian Experience Class

PNP and CEC Draws to continue

Canada is yet to conduct an open draw in the current year. Canada will continue inviting only PNP and CEC candidates till pandemic travel restrictions are lifted. Based on last years trends, an all program draw might be pushed back to second half of 2021.

The goal appears to retain individuals staying and working in Canada since candidates outside the country cannot travel to Canada even if they complete all the formalities.

Canada has a goal to invite over 1.2 million immigrants over the next three years. Refer to Canada immigration target 2021-2023. With this draw, the total number of invitations issued this year has reached 68,317 out of which the Canadian Experience Class accounts for 95% of the invitations at 64,697.

Express Entry

Canada ranks Express Entry candidates in the pool using a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). About every 2 weeks, IRCC invites the top candidates in the pool to apply for permanent residence during rounds of invitations.

Further discussion can be found in our Canada Immigration Forum