February 3, 2015 – Citizenship and Immigration Canada
(CIC) has indicated that the cap for the Canadian Experience Class
(CEC) stream was reached on October 20, 2014. The Canadian
Experience Class stream accepted 8,000 applications for Permanent
Residency between May 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014. Despite
reaching the cap in October, CIC did not update their website to
reflect that the program was effectively closed.
With the impending launch of Express Entry - Canada's new application
management system – in January of this year, applications
surged as applicants rushed to be considered for Permanent
Residency under the old rules.
Who is affected?
All applicantions for Permanent Residence through the Canadian
Experience Class stream received after October 20, 2014 are
affected. Applicants through the Provincial Nominee Program and
Federal Skilled Worker/Trades programs are not currently
What does this mean?
All applications received after October 20, 2014 will be
returned along with unprocessed application fees. Any new
application must be made through the Express Entry
What should I do?
If you wish to resubmit an application for Permanent Residency,
you must now make your application using the new Express
Entry system. Express Entry is Canada's new
application management system. In order to apply, you must:
Qualify for one of Canada's three application streams
Complete an online profile through Express Entry
Register with the Job Bank (if you do not have a qualifying job
Keep your profile up to date and wait.
Profiles in the Express Entry pool will be regularly
reviewed and those selected to proceed will be issued an
"Invitation to Apply" for Permanent Residence. Once
selected, you must complete your application within 60 days.
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October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
October 19th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 22nd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 45th overall, inviting 1804 applicants for permanent residence, the largest number ever. The lowest CRS score was 475, a decline from the previous draw.
September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
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