CRS drops 3 points in latest Express Entry draw

CRS drops 3 points in latest Express Entry draw

Surya Rathee Surya Rathee
[Published 24 Jan, 2024 | 06:30 AM]
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Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has invited 1,040 candidates in a new Express Entry draw on 23 January 2024. Candidates required a minimum CRS score of 543 to be eligible.

This was the second invitation round conducted by IRCC in January. The previous Express Entry draw was held on 10 January which invited 1,510 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 546.

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Latest Express Entry Draw: Results

Draw No: #280

Type of Draw: General

  • Number of invitations issued: 1,040
  • Rank required to be invited to apply: 1,040 or above
  • Date and time of round: 23 January 2024 at 16:08:03 UTC
  • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 543
  • Tie-breaking rule: 21 January 2024 at 07:43:47 UTC

If more than one candidate that was invited, has the lowest CRS score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they had submitted their Express Entry profile.

Invitations to apply to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) may be issued through this latest Express Entry draw.

Express Entry draws in 2023

Express Entry draws regularly took place every two weeks between January and June. However, once IRCC introduced the new category-based Express Entry draws, it became difficult to predict when ITAs would be issued. The same “unexpected” trend is projected to be carried out in 2024 as well.

These January draws follow a busy December in which IRCC invited candidates across seven separate Express Entry draws throughout the month. Throughout 2023, IRCC conducted a total of 42 Express Entry draws. These included:

  • 19 All-program draws,
  • 17 Category-based selection draws,
  • 5 Provincial Nominee Program-only draws, and
  • 1 Federal Skilled Worker Program draw

Surprisingly, no invitations were given specifically to FSTP candidates in 2023. Records from 2023 Express Entry draws also show that ITAs were issued to:

  • 56,223 candidates with CRS scores ranging between 451 and 500.
  • 4,433 candidates with CRS scores ranging between 501 and 600.
  • 1,011 candidates with CRS scores ranging between 601 and 1200.

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However, one thing is certain. The latest Canada Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026 indicate that Canada is all set to boost the number of immigrants it will target under Express Entry in the coming years. According to the plans, IRCC will seek to admit over 345,770 Express Entry candidates between 2024 and 2026. 

Express Entry Canada is known for its relatively quick processing times. Requiring minimum documents and eligibility criteria, you can expect to receive an invitation to apply for Canada PR Visa under Express Entry in 6 months.

Express Entry is very competitive. Your chances of receiving an invitation to the upcoming Express Entry draw will entirely depend on your CRS score. The higher your score, the more your chances of gaining Canadian permanent residency.

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Read More: Canada Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026



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