In the world of Canadian immigration, Express Entry draws are like golden tickets to a brighter future. The recent Express Entry draw held by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) was no exception. In this draw selection, precisely 3,725 candidates have been granted the privilege of applying for permanent residency in Canada. The draw encompassed all-program Express Entry programs and set a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 500, continuing a series of draws held throughout the last week of September. Let’s delve into the details of this draw and its implications.
The 17th All-program Express Entry Draw
The IRCC’s latest Express Entry draw, held recently, in this draw 3,725 candidates invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada. To be eligible for an ITA, candidates were required to have a minimum CRS score of 500, reflecting the competitive nature of the Express Entry system.
Preceding this draw, the week of September 25 witnessed three consecutive draws. On September 26, the first draw invited 3,000 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 504 in another all-program draw. The second draw, on September 27, specifically targeted candidates with French-speaking proficiency and invited 500 individuals who scored a minimum of 472 on the CRS. The final draw of the week, held on September 28, extended invitations to 600 candidates in a category-based draw for agriculture and agri-food occupations. These candidates needed a minimum CRS score of 354 to receive an ITA.
In 2023, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) significantly increased the number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued to candidates through the Express Entry system. As of now, IRCC has already issued 89,773 ITAs, marking a substantial rise compared to the entire year of 2022 when only 45,115 candidates were invited.
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2022 Express Entry Report Highlights
In its annual report for 2022, released on September 26, IRCC revealed that there were 24 Express Entry draws conducted throughout the year, resulting in the issuance of 46,539 ITAs. Although this represents a significant decrease from the 114,431 ITAs issued in 2021, it can be attributed to a pause in Express Entry draws for Federal High Skilled programs between September 2021 and July 2022.
The majority of ITAs in 2022 were offered to candidates in the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and the Canadian Experience Class, with 19,258 and 18,895 ITAs issued, respectively. Interestingly, the Federal Skilled Trades Program did not invite any Express Entry candidates in 2022.
Among the occupations that received the most ITAs in 2022 were software engineers and designers, information systems specialists, computer systems developers, and programmers. Food service supervisors and cooks also received a notable number of ITAs.
Over 30,000 of the ITAs were extended to residents of Canada. For candidates residing outside Canada, the majority of ITAs were awarded to individuals from India (3,787) and Nigeria (1,730).
What’s Next for Invited Candidates?
Canada’s Express Entry system is designed to attract highly skilled individuals. In a recent draw, 3,725 candidates were invited, reaffirming Canada’s commitment to welcoming global talent.
In the assessment of qualified candidates, factors such as age, educational background, occupational history, and language proficiency are taken into consideration. The highest-scoring candidates are bestowed with Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for the status of permanent residency. Those who successfully receive an ITA must embark on an application journey to unlock the gateway to Canada’s exceptional healthcare, educational opportunities, and a myriad of social privileges.