2024’s Express Entry Draw Inaugurated: 1510 Candidates Received ITA
In the 1st Express Entry draw of the year, IRCC extended invitations to 1,510 candidates for application. Applicants needed to have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 546 to be eligible.
In the inaugural Express Entry draw of the year, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) extended invitations to 1,510 candidates for application.
This inclusive draw encompassed candidates from various Express Entry-managed programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).
The eligibility criterion for candidates was a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 546, with no specific focus on occupations or other human capital attributes.
December 2023 Witnessed Record-Breaking Express Entry Draws
In the latest series of draws conducted between December 18-21, IRCC issued invitations to a diverse pool of candidates. The initial all-program draw on December 18 saw 1,325 candidates invited with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 524.
Subsequent draws on December 19, 20, and 21 targeted candidates meeting specific criteria within six distinct categories.
The December 19 draw, focused on trade occupations, invited 1,000 candidates with a minimum CRS of 425, while the December 20 draw targeted 670 candidates in transport occupations, requiring a CRS score of at least 435.
On December 21, 400 candidates in agriculture and agri-food occupations received Invitations to Apply (ITAs) with a minimum CRS score of 386.
IRCC conducted 3 additional draws from December 6-8, with the December 6 draw being all-program, December 7 for candidates eligible under the French-language proficiency category, and December 8 inviting candidates in STEM occupations.
December witnessed a record-breaking total of 7 Express Entry draws, marking the highest number in a single month for all of 2023. This surge followed a 6-week hiatus from October 26 until the resumption on December 6, although IRCC did not provide a specific reason for the pause.
Express Entry Draw 2024: What to Expect?
In 2024, the Express Entry system in Canada is set to welcome 110,000 new permanent residents, as outlined in the Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026. This marks a notable increase from the 82,880 candidates targeted in 2023.
However, it is not wrong to note that achieving this high target doesn't guarantee that all invited candidates will be admitted by the year's end, given the IRCC 6-month service standard for issuing final decisions on Express Entry applications.
It's anticipated that some individuals, particularly those invited later in the year, may officially become permanent residents in 2025. Notably, IRCC issued over 100,000 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to Express Entry candidates in 2023.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. How soon after an Express Entry draw can I expect an ITA?
If you have a high ranking, anticipate receiving an ITA within days to a few weeks after an Express Entry draw. However, profiles that are not selected in the specific draw would remain active for 12 months.
Q2. What next after receiving an ITA in the Express Entry draw?
Once you have received an ITA, you will be required to submit your completed permanent residence application and requested documents to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Q3. What is the processing time for Express Entry?
Express Entry offers a swift pathway, with applicants receiving an ITA typically completing the PR process within 6 months.
Q4. Does an ITA guarantee PR?
No, receiving an ITA does not guarantee obtaining a PR Visa.
Q5. What score is considered good for Express Entry?
A score of 67 or higher on the selection factors qualifies you for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, allowing you to submit a profile to the Express Entry pool. Scores below 67 do not meet the program's requirements.