Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently conducted its most recent round of Express Entry invitations, signalling a significant development in the country's immigration system. In this particular draw, the department extended invitations to 800 candidates across all programs. To be eligible for consideration, applicants were required to have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 505.
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Express Entry Draw Results: A Comprehensive Overview
Last week, between July 4-7, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted a series of draws, marking significant developments in the Express Entry system.
On July 4, an unexpected all-program draw took place, resulting in invitations being extended to 700 candidates. Notably, this draw required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 511, the highest requirement for any all-program draw in 2023 thus far.
The anticipated first-ever round of invitations for candidates with work experience in select science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) occupations occurred on July 5. IRCC invited 500 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 486. It's worth mentioning that IRCC had announced this draw a week in advance, generating excitement among eligible candidates.
On July 6, the third draw of the week took place, specifically targeting healthcare professionals. IRCC invited 1,500 candidates with a cut-off CRS score of 463 in this category-based selection draw.
The fourth draw of the week occurred on July 7, with invitations issued to 2,300 candidates who demonstrated strong French-speaking abilities. These candidates were required to have a minimum CRS score of 439.
On June 27, IRCC conducted an all-program draw, inviting 4,300 candidates who met the minimum CRS score of 486.
The following day, on June 28, IRCC made history by issuing the first-ever Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for category-based selection. A total of 500 candidates with work experience in healthcare occupations and a minimum CRS score of 476 were invited to apply for permanent residence.
Canada's immigration minister, Sean Fraser, announced on May 31 that IRCC had finalized categories for category-based selection. These categories were established following the royal assent of Bill C-19 in Canada's parliament in June of the previous year. This legislation grants the immigration minister the authority to invite economic immigration candidates who will contribute to Canada's economy and promote the French language outside of Quebec.
This new approach allows the minister to invite newcomers based on specific attributes, such as language proficiency or work experience, rather than solely relying on the overall CRS score. The categories were determined through discussions with stakeholders, provincial and territorial governments, and aim to address crucial gaps in Canada's labor force. The categories include healthcare, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions, trades, transport, agriculture and agri-food, and strong French-language proficiency.
It is important to note that candidates selected under these categories must still meet the eligibility requirements for an Express Entry program. Additionally, having a high CRS score remains advantageous, as candidates will still be ranked against one another.
Future Plans and Targets
According to the Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025, IRCC aims to admit 82,880 new permanent residents to Canada through Express Entry by the end of 2023. This number is projected to increase to 109,020 in 2024 and 114,000 by 2025. The introduction of the new Express Entry categories will play a crucial role in ensuring that newcomers contribute to meeting these targets while strengthening Canada's workforce.
As the Express Entry system continues to evolve, these recent draws and category-based selections demonstrate Canada's commitment to attracting skilled individuals who can contribute to the country's economic growth and cultural diversity.
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