On November 9, Canada released the most recent all-program Express Entry draw. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 4,750 invitations to candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 494. This is the tenth draw since all-program draws resumed on July 6.
The qualifying applicants will receive invitations from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). All-program Express Entry draws were put on hold for over 1.5 years to avoid a rise in the backlog of applications. During the pause, applicants from the CEC or Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) were issued invitations to apply (ITAs). But later, IRCC also ceased ITAs for the CEC category.
In the last all-program express entry draw, Canada invited 4,750 candidates on October 26 and observed the lowest Comprehensive Ranking System score 496. This time a fall of only two CRS points, yet the smallest drop since all-program draws resumed, is noticed.
Express Entry Invitations
According to IRCC data, ITAs have been issued across all Express Entry programs. The draws invited a total of 26,250 candidates through Express Entry.
The number of candidates, 13,774, from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) category received the majority of invitations. This category of CEC is one of the most successful pathways for immigrants living and working in Canada. To qualify for permanent residency, the candidates;
- Must have a minimum experience of one year in the past 3-year record
- A CLB of 7 for the jobs placed under National Occupational Classification (NOC) 0 or A, and
- A CLB of 5 for the jobs falling under the NOC B category.
The rest of the invitations are divided between the FSWP (6,154), and Express Entry through the PNP (6,322).
Immigration Levels Plan for 2023-2025
Every year IRCC publishes a new plan that outlines the number of immigrants Canada is looking to welcome for the upcoming three years, and further breaks it down into the class of immigration and their programs.
IRCC under its new immigration level plan for 2023-2025, looking to meet the target of 500,000 new permanent residents by the end of 2025.
For 2023, the Immigration Levels Plan aims to invite 82,880 new permanent residents through Express Entry. In addition, the target for 2024 is 109,020, and 114,000 for 2025 through the Express entry programs.
Overview of the Express Entry system
Canada’s Express Entry immigration program is one of the fastest options for newcomers. The system uses the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to evaluate the profiles of the candidates. High-scoring candidates shall receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Under this system, you can get permanent residency status in six months.
Express Entry is the application management system for three Canadian immigration programs: Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).
The candidate’s application under one of the above categories will be reviewed by the IRCC officer. If it gets approved, the candidate is officially a permanent resident of Canada.