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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Who Was Invited?
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:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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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