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Immigration Update

Canada To Re-Open to International Travellers on September 7, 2021

On September 7, 2021, assuming that Canada’s epidemiologic situation remains under control, the Government intends to open Canada’s borders to any fully vaccinated travellers who are fully vaccinated with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entry and who meet immigration and other entry requirements.

Regardless of vaccination status, all travellers will require a pre-entry COVID-19 molecular test result. However, fully vaccinated travellers are not required to undergo a post-arrival test unless they are randomly selected to complete an entry COVID-19 molecular test. There are no changes to the mandatory testing requirements for unvaccinated travellers.

Express Entry Update: Canadian Experience Class Scores Drop to 357

On July 22, 2021, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system.

This draw invited candidates who qualify for selection under the Canadian Experience Class. The minimum score selected was 357 and 4,500 candidates were invited to apply.

The cut off score of 357 in this draw is one of the lowest we have seen to date since the unprecedented February 13, 2021 draw, and a decrease of 12 points from the most recent Canadian Experience Class draw held on July 8, 2021. To qualify for selection under the Canadian Experience Class, candidates must have at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada within the last three years.

We recommend that any candidate who meets the Canadian Experience Class criteria take advantage of this opportunity to apply for permanent residence.