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IRCC Extends 4300 Invitations to Express Entry Candidates in the Latest Draw

Austin Campbell



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In a bid to enhance Canada’s immigration landscape, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently issued a substantial number of invitations to apply (ITAs) to candidates within the Express Entry system. This move marks the latest in a series of draws throughout the year 2023, with varying criteria and thresholds.

The Latest Draw: A Closer Look

On August 15, the IRCC conducted a significant all-program Express Entry draw, inviting a total of 4,300 candidates to apply for permanent residency. This draw was characterized by a minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) of 496. The CRS acts as a pivotal determinant in the selection process, considering factors such as language proficiency, work experience, educational background, and age.

Recent Draw Highlights

August 2nd – In a targeted draw aimed at candidates proficient in the French language, the IRCC extended invitations to 800 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 435. This draw was a testament to Canada’s commitment to embracing linguistic diversity within its immigrant population.

August 1st – A broad-spectrum draw was held, inviting 2,000 candidates encompassing all three programs under the Express Entry system: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). A CRS score of 517 was the threshold for selection.

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July 11th-12th – A two-day period marked by distinct draws. On July 12th, the IRCC issued 3,800 ITAs through a category-based selection draw targeting French-speaking candidates. The minimum CRS score required was 375, marking a notable reduction in the CRS threshold. Meanwhile, July 11th saw an all-program draw inviting 800 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 505.

July 4th-7th – A historically busy period for the Express Entry system with four consecutive draws. The draws encompassed targeted selections for French language proficiency, healthcare workers, STEM professionals, and an all-program draw.

June 27th-28th – June showcased the first-ever targeted category-based draw, where 500 candidates with work experience in healthcare professions were invited to apply for PR with a minimum CRS score of 476. A subsequent all-program draw on June 27th invited 4,300 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 486.

Understanding Express Entry

Express Entry serves as a meticulously designed application management system facilitating immigration through three primary pathways: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). These pathways enable skilled individuals to contribute their expertise to Canada’s economy and society.

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The Evolving Selection Criteria

In an endeavor to align the immigration system with the evolving needs of the Canadian workforce, the IRCC introduced a fresh set of selection criteria on May 31st. This change highlighted specific professional and demographic attributes, transcending the conventional focus on CRS scores. The newly introduced categories, spanning Healthcare, STEM professions, Trades, Transport, Agriculture and agri-food, and French-language proficiency, seek to address pressing skill shortages while also promoting linguistic diversity.

The recent surge in Express Entry draws underscores Canada’s commitment to a dynamic and inclusive immigration policy. The IRCC’s strategic selection of candidates reflects the nation’s ongoing efforts to bolster its economy with skilled individuals across a spectrum of industries. As the year unfolds, it is anticipated that further refinements to the Express Entry system will continue to shape Canada’s immigration landscape in a progressive and impactful manner.



PNP Draws & Updates

British ColumbiaJuly 971 invitations
OntarioJuly 91,666 invitations
QuebecJuly 81,528 invitations
ManitobaJuly 4126 invitations
British ColumbiaJuly 376 invitations
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Recent Express Entry Draws

DrawNumber Of InvitationsMinimum CRS Points
305 (French)1,800400
304 (CEC)6,300515
303 (PNP)1,391670
302 (French-Language)3,200420
301 (Healthcare)3,750445
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