Express Entry Draw 198 invites 4500 CEC Candidates

By Vijay Lala



Immiboards ― Canada has invited 4500 CEC Candidates in Express Entry draw 198 on July 22, 2021. The Comprehensive Ranking Score cut-off dropped to 357 points compared to the previous CEC draw of 369.

This means that candidates needed a CRS score of at least 357 points to receive an invitation from this draw. 

Canada just released the details of latest Express Entry draw 198 on July 22, and it was especially interesting to see what the new cut-off score would be. Canadian Experience Class candidates hoping for lower cut-offs were in for a treat as the minimum score was 357 points.

CRS cutoff decreases by 12 points in Express Entry draw 198

The minimum CRS score cut off increased to 369 compared to 357 in the previous CEC draw (Draw# 196 CEC).

On July 8, 2021, the last CEC Draw was held and compared to it, we see that the number of candidates who received an invitation in this draw has remained the same.

Express Entry Draw 198

Program: Candidates under Canadian Experience Class
Comprehensive Ranking Score: 357
Invitations issued: 4500

ITA issued to 4500 candidates under the “Canadian Experience Class”. The minimum CRS points required were 357 points. The tie break date was February 14, 2021 at 09:04:15 UTC

CEC Draws have crossed 91k invitations so far in 2021

The number of invitations issued this year has reached 98,804 out of which the Canadian Experience Class accounts for 93% invitations at 91,653.

PNP and CEC Draws to continue

With Canada still grappling with pandemic travel restrictions, it appears that the goal is to invite those already living in-country.

Canada has been inviting only PNP and CEC candidates this year. There doesn't seem to be a need for an open draw since the pandemic travel restrictions have kept people out of Canada anyway, but later this year they might consider doing it all again and start inviting outland candidates.

The Canadian border has started to reopen for those who are fully vaccinated, U.S. travellers in August and all other countries by September this year with exception of India which is still closed until the end of August due to coronavirus-related measures currently underway there as well.

Canada is looking to increase the number of immigrants they welcome annually, and have a goal of 1.2 million in three years! This year alone 98,804 invitations were sent out with this draw.

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. If you are looking to increase your CRS score, here are Six ways to improve your CRS Score.

Did you receive an invitation in this round? Discuss in the Canada Immigration Visa Forum.

By Vijay Lala

Vijay Lala is the founder and editor-in-chief of Dual master's degrees in Political Science and Economics, along with a decade of Canadian immigration research experience, have equipped him with a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of immigration law, policy research, and settlement issues. Linkedin  Twitter

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