BREAKING NEWS: Canada Resumes Express Entry Draws, Holds 1st Selection Round Post October 2023
In the latest Express Entry draw, IRCC issued 4,750 ITAs with a minimum CRS score of 561, marking the first draw since October 26. Despite a brief technical issue on November 14, the department confirmed its resolution on November 16.
In the latest Express Entry draw conducted on December 6th, 2023 the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), invited 4,750 candidates to apply for immigration.
This all-program draw required candidates to attain a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 561 to be eligible for consideration.
Canada Combats Technical Issues, Hypes the Efficiency of Express Entry Draw
Breaking the draw silence since October 26, the recent Express Entry draw by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) follows a brief acknowledgment on November 14 of technical glitches in the Express Entry Profile Builder.
This hiccup prevented some applicants from submitting their applications, but the issue was promptly resolved by November 16. The exact impact of this technical snag on the extended draw gap remains unclear.
In the October 26 draw, 3,600 candidates received Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in a category-based selection focusing on healthcare occupations. To qualify, applicants needed a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 431.
Further draws in the same week included a French-speaking proficiency category-based selection on October 25, inviting 300 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 486.
On October 24, the IRCC conducted a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)-only draw, issuing ITAs to 1,548 candidates. For this draw, a higher minimum score of 776 was required. Notably, Express Entry candidates nominated through the PNP automatically receive an additional 600 CRS points, contributing to the elevated minimum CRS score for this draw type.
List of Express Entry Draws 2023
IRCC recommenced Express Entry draws in June 2023 following a prolonged break. Since then, Canada has actively distributed Invitations to Apply (ITAs) through various draws, encompassing both all-program and category-based selections. Below is an updated list of all the Express Entry draws conducted to date.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. What is an Express Entry All-Program draw?
An Express Entry All-Program Draw is a selection round where candidates from all immigration programs, such as Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, and Canadian Experience Class, are eligible to receive Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence in Canada.
Q2. How often do All-Program draws to Canada happen?
The frequency of All-Program Draws can vary. The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) typically conducts draws at regular intervals, but the specific timing may be influenced by factors such as immigration targets and program requirements.
Q3. What is the minimum CRS score requirement for Express Entry draw?
The minimum CRS score required in each draw is determined by IRCC based on the number of candidates in the pool and the immigration targets. The score may vary for each draw.
Q4. Can I Update My Express Entry Profile Between Draws?
Yes, you can update your Express Entry profile at any time. It's advisable to regularly review and update your information, including work experience, education, language proficiency, and any other relevant details.
Q5. How Long does the PR process to Canada take?
The processing time for permanent residence applications can vary. Factors such as the completeness of your application, background checks, and current immigration processing times contribute to the overall timeline.