In the most recent Express Entry draw for 2023, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has invited additional individuals.

On August 15, the immigration agency issued 4,300 invitations to apply (ITAs) to Express Entry hopefuls across all programmers. 496 was the minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS).

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A summary of recent Express Entry outcomes as of August 2nd

The IRCC held a category-based draw on August 2nd, inviting candidates with French proficiency from the Express Entry pool. The department gave 800 ITAs to those with a CRS score of at least 435. Since July 12th, this was the first focused draw for French speakers.

1st of August

On August 1st, IRCC held an all-program Express Entry draw, inviting 2,000 candidates from all three Express Entry programmers (the Federal Skilled Worker Programmer (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Programmed (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Candidates having a CRS of at least 517 were invited.

July 11th and 12th

On July 12th, IRCC granted 3,800 (ITAs) for permanent residency (PR) under a category-based selection draw for French-speaking individuals. To be invited, candidates needed a CRS score of at least 375. This draw had the lowest CRS score of any in the previous month.

Another all-program Express Entry draw was held on July 11th. IRCC issued 800 ITAs to candidates with a CRS score of at least 505.

4th through 7th of July

This was one of the busiest periods in Express Entry history, with four consecutive draws taking place—a first for the immigration system.

On July 7th, Canada held a targeted Express Entry draw for individuals who speak French. This draw awarded ITAs to 2,300 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 439.

The IRCC held its second category-based Express Entry draw for healthcare workers on July 6th. The department welcomed 1,500 Express Entry healthcare professionals with a minimum CRS of 463.The immigration agency performed its first-ever targeted draw for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) personnel on July 5th. This round saw 500 ITAs granted to STEM professionals with a CRS of at least 486.

On July 4th, IRCC issued an invitation to 800 individuals to apply for PR through an all-program Express Entry draw. For this draw, the minimum CRS score was 511.

June 27th and 28th

The first targeted category-based draw in Express Entry history took place on June 28th. To apply for PR, IRCC welcomed 500 individuals with job experience in healthcare professions. For this draw, the minimum CRS score was 476.

Another all-program Express Entry draw took place on June 27th. The immigration service invited 4,300 individuals with a minimum CRS score of 486 from all three Express Entry programmed.

What exactly is Express Entry?

Express Entry is a system for managing immigration applications for the Federal Skilled Worker Programmed (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades Programmed (FSTP). These three programmed represent one of Canada’s most popular routes for economic immigration.

Human capital characteristics such as job experience, professional fields, language abilities, education, and age are used to evaluate candidates. A Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) assigns a score and ranks these candidates based on these characteristics. Those with the highest scores following a certain draw’s cut-off date have a better chance of earning invitations to apply (ITAs).

On May 31st, IRCC published a new set of selection criteria, prioritizing specific professional and demographic characteristics of candidates over their CRS score. This resulted in six new Express Entry categories for candidates:

• Healthcare;
• STEM professions;
• Trades;
• Transport;
• Agriculture and agri-food; and
• French-language proficiency.

These categories aim to meet critical job openings in the Canadian workforce while also promoting the usage of French outside of Quebec.

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