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Express Entry Draw #294 – IRCC Issues 2,095 ITAs with CRS Cut-off Dips to 529

Austin Campbell



Express Entry Draw #294

Excitement surged through the immigration community as the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently conducted Express Entry draw #294 on April 23, 2024. In this draw, 2,095 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residency were issued, marking another milestone in Canada’s immigration journey.

What’s even more intriguing is the slight dip in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off score to 529, offering hope to many aspiring immigrants.

Let’s delve into the details of this latest draw and what it means for prospective applicants.

The Latest Express Entry Draw #294 Highlights

 Express Entry draw #294, held on April 23, 2024, was a general round of invitations, encompassing all immigration programs. The draw witnessed 2,095 lucky candidates receiving ITAs to apply for permanent residency in Canada. The CRS cut-off score for this draw dipped slightly to 529, opening doors for a wider pool of applicants to enter the next phase of their immigration journey.

DescriptionDraw Details
Type of DrawGeneral
Number of ITAs2,095
CRS Score Cut-off529
Date of DrawApril 23, 2024
Day of DrawTuesday
Time of Draw16:54:59 UTC

Eligibility Requirements for ITA

To qualify for an ITA in Express Entry draw #294, candidates must meet certain eligibility criteria, including:

  • Having an active Express Entry profile in the federal pool.
  • Being eligible for any one of the immigration programs: Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Worker (FSTP), or being a provincial nominee with an active Express Entry profile.
  • Scoring at least 529 CRS points.
  • Being among the top 2,095 profiles in the pool.
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What If You’re Not Invited to Apply?

While receiving an ITA is a moment of celebration, not everyone in the Express Entry pool is fortunate enough to receive one. For those whose profiles expire before receiving an ITA, there’s still hope. Candidates can create a new profile within the Express Entry system to remain in the pool. However, it’s essential to adhere to certain rules, including withdrawing the old profile before creating a new one.

Increasing Eligibility in the Express Entry Pool

For candidates looking to enhance their chances of receiving an ITA, increasing their CRS score is crucial. This can be achieved through various means, such as improving language proficiency, obtaining additional education credentials, securing a job offer, receiving a provincial nomination, or gaining more work experience. By strategically boosting their CRS score, candidates can improve their eligibility and increase their chances of receiving an ITA.

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Analysis and Predictions for Future Draws

Looking ahead, the IRCC’s focus on targeted Express Entry draws in 2024 suggests that the CRS cut-off score is likely to remain on the higher side, surpassing 520 points for general rounds of invitations. It’s anticipated that category-based draws, particularly those focused on French-speaking candidates, will become more frequent. Additionally, candidates can expect varying CRS cut-off scores in draws targeting specific occupations or sectors, such as agriculture, transport, and trade.

Express Entry Processing Time

Candidates awaiting the processing of their Express Entry applications can refer to the latest IRCC processing times. As of now, the processing times for different application types vary, with Canadian Experience Class (CEC) applications taking approximately 5 months, Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) applications around 6 months, and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) applications via Express Entry requiring about 7 months for processing.

Express Entry draw #294 brings promising opportunities for aspiring immigrants, with a significant number of ITAs issued and a slightly lower CRS cut-off score. As candidates continue to navigate their immigration journey, staying informed about draw trends, eligibility criteria, and processing times is crucial for maximizing their chances of success.


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