January 13, 2024

BREAKING: First Express Entry draw since October 2023 held in Canada

In exciting news for skilled workers and international students hoping to immigrate to Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has held its first Express Entry draw since October 26, 2023. This marks a significant development for the program, which had been on hold for nearly two months due to unforeseen technical difficulties.

The recent draw saw 4,750 invitations to apply (ITAs) issued to eligible candidates across all program categories. This reflects IRCC's commitment to welcoming new immigrants and filling critical labor shortages in various sectors.

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required for this draw was 561. The CRS is a points-based system used by IRCC to rank candidates in the Express Entry pool based on their human capital factors like age, education, work experience, language skills, and adaptability.

What led to the delay in Express Entry draws?

While the exact reason for the extended gap between draws remains unclear, IRCC previously acknowledged technical issues with the Express Entry profile builder in November 2023. These issues prevented some applicants from submitting their applications, causing a temporary pause in draw activity.

Fortunately, IRCC addressed these technical issues swiftly. On November 16th, the department confirmed that the problem had been resolved, paving the way for the resumption of draws.

Analysis of recent Express Entry draws:

Prior to the October 26th pause, IRCC conducted several Express Entry draws catering to diverse candidate profiles. These included:

  1. October 26th: A category-based draw for healthcare occupations, inviting 3,600 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 431. This reflects the ongoing demand for skilled professionals in Canada's healthcare sector.
  2. October 25th: A category-based draw for French-speaking candidates, inviting 300 individuals with a minimum CRS score of 486. This draw highlights the Canadian government's commitment to promoting bilingualism and attracting French-speaking immigrants.
  3. October 24th: A PNP-only draw, inviting 1,548 candidates nominated by Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) across Canada. Due to the inherent advantage of PNP nominations, the minimum CRS score for this draw was significantly higher at 776.

Summary of Express Entry draws since June 2023:

Date Draw Type Number of ITAs Minimum CRS
Oct 26 Healthcare occupations 3,600 431
Oct 25 French language proficiency 300 486
Oct 24 PNP-only 1,548 776
Oct 10 All-program 3,725 500
Sept 28 Agriculture and agri-food occupations 600 354
Sept 27 French language proficiency 500 472
Sept 26 All-program 3,000 504
Sept 20 Transport occupations 1,000 435
Sept 19 All-program 3,200 531
Aug 15 All-program 4,300 496
Aug 3 Trade occupations 1,500 388
Aug 2 French language proficiency 800 435
Aug 1 All-program 2,000 517
July 12 French language proficiency 3,800 375
July 11 All-program 800 505
July 7 French language proficiency 2,300 439
July 6 Healthcare occupations 1,500 463
July 5 STEM occupations 500 486
July 4 All-program 700 511
June 28 Healthcare occupations 500 476
June 27 All-program 4,300 486
June 8 All-program 4,800 486

What does this mean for aspiring Canadian immigrants?

The resumption of Express Entry draws signals positive news for individuals seeking permanent residency in Canada. With the backlog of applications addressed and technical issues resolved, IRCC is now poised to conduct regular draws, inviting qualified candidates to apply for permanent residency.

For aspiring immigrants, this means staying well-informed about upcoming draws and ensuring their Express Entry profiles are complete and updated with accurate information. Maintaining a competitive CRS score through relevant education, work experience, and language proficiency remains crucial for maximizing the chances of receiving an ITA.

Looking ahead:

The first Express Entry draw of 2024 signifies a renewed focus on immigration by the Canadian government. With the country facing labor shortages across various sectors, IRCC is expected to continue conducting regular draws throughout the year, welcoming skilled newcomers to contribute to Canada's economic growth and prosperity.

Navigate the Express Entry Journey with Pelican Migration Consultants

Pelican Migration Consultants is here to help you navigate the Express Entry process and maximize your chances of success. With our team of experienced immigration consultants in Dubai and comprehensive support services, we can guide you through every step of the journey, from profile creation to application submission and beyond.

Our services include:

  1. Free consultation to assess your eligibility and create a personalized immigration plan.
  2. Expert assistance with profile creation and optimization, ensuring you score the highest possible CRS points.
  3. Comprehensive guidance on documentation and application requirements.
  4. Dedicated support throughout the application process, including communication with IRCC and addressing any concerns.
  5. Post-landing services to help you settle smoothly in Canada.

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