IRCC Conducts New All-Program Express Entry Draw

IRCC Conducts New All-Program Express Entry Draw

Surya Rathee Surya Rathee
[Published 13 Jul, 2023 | 04:06 AM]
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Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted a new all-program Express Entry draw. This was the fifth Express Entry draw conducted by IRCC in just one week.

Being an all-program draw, candidates from Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) were targeted to this latest Express Entry draw.

The Express Entry latest draw held on July 11, 2023, saw invitations being issued to a total of 800 candidates present in the pool. Invited candidates required a minimum CRS score of 505 - to be eligible for this invitation round.

Express Entry Draw #257

Who Was Invited?

  • Number of invitations issued: 800
  • Rank required to be invited to apply: 800 or above
  • Type of draw: All-program draw
  • Date and time of round: July 11, 2023, at 17:53:49 UTC
  • CRS score of lowest-ranking candidates invited: 505
  • Tie-breaking rule: October 01, 2022, at 06:13:05 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.

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If you’ve been invited

If the IRCC has invited you to apply for Canada PR, you’ll receive a message in your account notifying you:

  • which program you've been invited to apply for
  • what to do next

You must show proof of the information provided in your Express Entry profile. If the IRCC finds you have submitted false information or left out important details, they could:

  • refuse your application
  • find you inadmissible
  • ban you for 5 years from applying for any type of Canadian visa

Next, you can check eligibility for Canada PR under the program you’ve been invited to apply under - and make sure you’re still eligible. By thoroughly understanding the program requirements and prerequisites - you will be more prepared to apply.

Five Draws in One Week

Over the course of just one week, five rounds of invitations have been conducted by IRCC - bringing the total number of candidates invited through the Canada Express Entry System in July’s first week to 5,800. The CRS score ranged between 463 and 511. The CRS score of 511 is also the highest seen in any all-program draw of 2023.

A significant milestone was reached in the last week of June, when the IRCC conducted its first-ever category-based Express Entry draw on June 27, 2023. Of the five invitation rounds conducted between July 04 and July 11 - three saw ITAs being issued to candidates under the newly-announced category-based selection for Express Entry.

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Category-Based Express Entry Draws

On May 31, Canada Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced that IRCC has finalized six new selection categories for Express Entry draws. The categories were chosen after considering labor market projections and consulting with various Partners, Stakeholders, Provincial, and Territorial governments.

Express Entry draws will now be focused on candidates who have a strong French language proficiency or work experience in the following fields:

  • French-language proficiency
  • Healthcare occupations
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) occupations
  • Trade occupations
  • Transport occupations
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food occupations

With the new category-based selection draws, and IRCC conducting back-to-back draws with higher ITAs & low CRSs - now is indeed the best time to immigrate to Canada.



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