Latest All Program Express Entry Draw issues 4,300 ITAs

Latest All Program Express Entry Draw issues 4,300 ITAs

Surya Rathee Surya Rathee
[Published 16 Aug, 2023 | 04:04 AM]
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Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted an all-program Express Entry draw. 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 latest Express Entry draw, held on August 15, 2023, has seen a whopping 4,300 Invitations to Apply (ITA) being issued to candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 496.

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Express Entry Draw #262

Who Was Invited?

  • Number of invitations issued: 4,300
  • Rank required to be invited to apply: 4,300 or above
  • Type of draw: All-program draw
  • Date and time of round: August 15, 2023 at 14:23:51 UTC
  • CRS score of lowest-ranking candidates invited: 496
  • Tie-breaking rule: August 01, 2023 at 12:59:52 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.

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.

Great Opportunity for Skilled Workers

This draw stands out as it boasts over double the number of ITAs compared to the previous draw on August 1st, indicating a positive trend in Canadian immigration. Additionally, the significant decrease in the CRS score by 21 points offers a great opportunity for many skilled individuals.

Interestingly, out of the last 10 draws, including category-specific ones since June 28th, this draw takes the lead with the highest number of invitations issued. A big step forward for 4,300 applicants on their journey towards Canadian Permanent Residency through Express Entry.

Notably, this draw did not specify a particular program, making it open to candidates from the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and Provincial Nominee Program.

Category-Based Express Entry Draws

In a recent announcement Canada Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced that IRCC has zeroed down to mainly six new selection categories for Express Entry draws. The groups were selected after looking at the possible labor market projections in the future and taking advice from numerous Partners, Stakeholders, Provincial, as well as Territorial governments.

Express Entry draws shall be concentrated on applicants who have a proficient French language proficiency or work experience in these areas namely:

  • 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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