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CRS drops to 397 points in the surprised Express Entry draw for CEC

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 21, May 2021

visas default image Latest Express Entry draw opened on May 20, 2021

In a surprised Express Entry draw opened on 20th May, the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has dropped the CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score requirement to drastically low, i.e. 397 points. This draw is for Canadian Experience Class (CEC) category candidates only. Let us find out more details.

Express Entry Draw on 20th May

The IRCC has issued 1,842 ITAs (Invitations to Apply) for Canadian Permanent Residency (PR) Visa in this latest draw with second lowest CRS score requirement of all time (i.e. 397 points). The lowest Cut off was this year only in the 13th February Express Entry Draw.

Express Entry Draw on May 20, 2021

Date EE Category No. of ITAs Minimum CRS Score Requirement Tie-breaking rule
May 20, 2021 Only for CECCandidates 1,842 397 April 24, 2021 at 12:09:24 UTC

With this latest draw, now IRCC has issued total 68,317 invitations in 2021 in overall 18 program-specific EE draws. This number is incredibly high, compare to the invitations issued last year at the same time.

Express Entry Draw on May 20, 2021


This EE draw was a surprise in many ways. Firstly, because of the cut off falling below 400 again, and secondly the timing of the draw. This latest draw has occurred within one week of the last Express Entry draw for Canadian Experience Class (CEC), which is not common, considering fortnightly draw pattern of EE draws.

Click here to see the complete list of EE draws until the date

Express Entry Draw on May 20, 2021

  The Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has opened 18 programs-specific draws this year, with no draw inviting the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) category candidates.

Hence, if you wish to get the Canadian Permanent Residency (PR) visa in a program-specific draw only (for PNP), you must apply to a relevant Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and obtain the provincial nomination. The nomination received for Canadian PR visa from a province, adds 600 additional CRS points in your account, making you eligible for ITA (Invitation to Apply) from IRCC.

If you wish to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency (PR) this year via Express Entry or Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) this year, you may contact Visas Avenue Canada migration expert on Toll-Free-Number-78-18-000-777 or drop us an e-mail at


Rajneesh Kumar

Rajneesh Kumar is a well-known writer,blogger and content creator. His passion and expertise in writing content on Immigration, visa, political affairs, News, current affairs, etc. makes him one of the best professional writers around.

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