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October 18, 2023

IRCC invites 3,725 candidates in the latest all-program Express Entry

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued invitations to apply (ITAs) in the latest Express Entry draw.

IRCC invited 3,725 candidates in an all-program draw.

Candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 500.

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This draw follows three consecutive draws in the week of September 25.

The first draw on September 26 invited 3,000 candidates with a minimum CRS of 504 in an all-program draw.

The second, on September 27, invited 500 candidates in a category-based draw for French-speaking proficiency. They needed a minimum CRS of 472.

The final draw of the week was on September 28 and invited 600 candidates with a minimum CRS of 354 in the first-ever category-based draw for candidates in agriculture and agri-food occupations.

This draw means that IRCC has now invited candidates from each of the six new categories eligible under category-based selection.

Summary of Express Entry draw results since June 2023

Date Draw Type Number of ITAs Minimum CRS
Oct 10 All-program 3,725 500
Sept 28 Agriculture and agri-food occupations 600 354
Sept 27 French language proficiency 500 472
Sept 26 All-program 3,000 504
Sept 20 Transport occupations 1,000 435
Sept 19 All-program 3,200 531
Aug 15 All-program 4,300 496
Aug 3 Trade occupations 1,500 388
Aug 2 French language proficiency 800 435
Aug 1 All-program 2,000 517
July 12 French language proficiency 3,800 375
July 11 All-program 800 505
July 7 French language proficiency 2,300 439
July 6 Healthcare occupations 1500 463
July 5 STEM occupations 500 486
July 4 All-program 700 511
June 28 Healthcare occupations 500 476
June 27 All-program 4,300 486
June 8 All-program 4,800 486

IRCC releases year-end Express Entry report for 2022

On September 26 IRCC released its annual report on Express Entry.

It was found that there were 24 Express Entry draws in 2022, through which 46,539 ITAs were issued. This is 59% fewer ITAs than in 2021 (114,431).

This is largely due to a pause in Express Entry draws for Federal High Skilled programs between September 2021 and July 2022.

Most Express Entry ITAs in 2022 were issued to candidates in the Provincial Nominee Program (19,258) and the Canadian Experience Class (18,895)

The final 8,386 ITAs were issued to candidates under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. IRCC did not invite any Express Entry candidates through the Federal Skilled Trades Program in 2022.

Candidates who listed their occupations as software engineers and designers, information systems specialists and computer systems developers and programmers, were the most common occupations to receive an ITA. Food service supervisors and cooks were also a common occupation for an ITA.

More than 30,000 of the ITAs issued went to residents of Canada. Among the remaining ITAS, invitations went to candidates who were residents of either India (3,787) or Nigeria (1,730).

What is category-based selection?

The Government of Canada made changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in June 2022 to allow the immigration minister to select immigrants based on key attributes that support Canada’s economic priorities, such as specific work experience or knowledge of French.

In May 2023, IRCC announced six new Express Entry categories in line with this new authority. The categories are:

  • Healthcare;
  • STEM professions;
  • Trades;
  • Transport;
  • Agriculture and agri-food; and
  • Strong French abilities

These categories were chosen after consultations with IRCC partners, stakeholders, and the provincial governments.

In some ways, the new categories reflect existing streams under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) which gives provincial governments to ability to select economic immigration candidates who are the most likely to successfully integrate into the provincial economy. These candidates are typically selected based on a specific attribute such as language ability or work experience in an in-demand profession.

The PNP nominates candidates at a provincial level and strengthens a permanent residence application while the new category-based selection draws invite candidates to apply directly to IRCC for permanent residence.

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is an application management system that guides the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.

To be eligible for Express Entry, candidates require a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score based on a collection of human capital attributes such as work experience, language ability, occupation, age, and education. Each attribute is worth a specific point value. Those who score the highest are the most likely to receive an invitation to apply (ITA) in an Express Entry draw.

After a candidate has determined that they are eligible for an Express Entry managed program, the next step is to upload their profile onto the IRCC website and wait to receive an ITA.

Candidates who are issued an ITA through Express Entry may then apply for permanent residency. IRCC aims to process 80% of all Express Entry applications within six months.

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