IRCC conducts first Express Entry draw of 2024

IRCC conducts first Express Entry draw of 2024

Surya Rathee Surya Rathee
[Published 11 Jan, 2024 | 05:54 AM]
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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has conducted a new Express Entry draw. This was the first invitation round conducted by the department in 2024. 

The Express Entry draw held on January 10, 2024, saw invitations being issued to 1,510 candidates across a general draw. Invited candidates also required a minimum CRS score of 546 to be eligible. 

In a general draw, candidates from all three Express Entry streams: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) - are considered for an invitation. 

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Express Entry Draw #279 - Results

  • Type of draw: General
  • Number of invitations issued: 1,510
  • Rank required to be invited to apply: 1,510 or above
  • Date and time of round: January 10, 2024 at 16:59:13 UTC
  • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 546
  • Tie-breaking rule: December 31, 2023 at 18:23:22 UTC 

If more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.

The most recent Express Entry draws took place from December 18-21, 2023. A total of seven draws were held in December. This included two general draws and five category-based Express Entry draws

Within just 15 days, IRCC managed to invite a total of 15,045 candidates to apply for a Canada PR visa.


Draw No. Date
Round Type
ITAs Issued
Minimum CRS
278 December 21, 2023 Agriculture and Agri-food occupations (2023-1) 400 386
277 December 20, 2023 Transport occupations (2023-1) 670 435
276 December 19, 2023
Trade occupations (2023-1) 1,000 425
275 December 18, 2023 General 1,325 542
274 December 08, 2023 STEM occupations (2023-1) 5,900 481
273 December 07, 2023 French language proficiency (2023-1) 1,000 470
272 December 06, 2023 General 4,750 561

There is no one-size-fits-all type of profile, which is eligible for a Canada PR in an all-program Express Entry draw. Candidates applying under any of the Express Entry linked Canada PR pathways are ranked using the CRS score calculator. Factors that influence your CRS score include Age, Language Proficiency, Education, Work Experience, Spousal Sponsorship, Provincial Nomination, Siblings in Canada, and Adaptability.

Express Entry all-program draws play a crucial role in Canada's goal to welcome skilled workers who can contribute to the country's economy and society. It provides a fair and transparent way for people to achieve their dream of making Canada their permanent home.

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Next Express Entry Draw

The expected Canada Express Entry next draw prediction is January 25, 2023.

Express Entry draws are typically conducted at regular two-week intervals, on a Wednesday. The timing, frequency, and CRS score of these draws are determined by the IRCC - and can vary depending on various factors including, the Canadian economy, labour market, and the immigration targets set in the Canada Immigration Level Plans 2024-2026.

Source: canada.ca



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