IRCC invites 1,040 Express Entry candidates in latest draw

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Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued invitations in the latest Express Entry draw.

The department invited 1,040 candidates in a general draw.

Candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 543.

It was the second draw of 2024 following the draw on January 10 which invited 1,510 candidates in a general draw for candidates from all Express Entry managed programs. Candidates needed a minimum CRS score of 546 to be considered.

The latest draws follow a busy December in which IRCC invited candidates in seven separate Express Entry draws throughout the month. Two were all-program draws and the remaining five were category-based selection draws for Express Entry candidates who met the eligibility criteria for French language proficiency as well as trades, transport, STEM, agriculture and agri-food occupations.

Throughout 2023, IRCC held 42 Express Entry draws. The majority (19) were all-program draws (now called general draws). IRCC also invited candidates in 17 category-based selection draws between late June and December. Finally, five draws considered only Express Entry candidates who were nominated through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), and one draw for Federal Skilled Worker candidates only.

It is difficult to predict how Express Entry results will shape up throughout 2024. IRCC has moved away from a predictable frequency of draws and there is no way to know what the draw types will be.

However, according to the Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026, the department aims to admit up to 110,770 new permanent residents to Canada in 2024 and will need to issue enough ITAs to also help meet the 2025 admissions target of 117,500. Many of these invitations will be issued in 2024 because it takes IRCC up to six months to process an Express Entry application.

Summary of Express Entry draws in 2024

DateDraw TypeNumber of ITAsMinimum CRS
February 1French language proficiency7,000365
January 31General730541
January 23General1,040543
January 10General1,510546

Changes to Post Graduation Work Permits
Many Express Entry candidates gain the work experience required for their programs by working in Canada after graduation from a Canadian post-secondary institution. One of the most common work permits for new graduates is the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).

On January 22, IRCC announced changes to eligibility criteria for PGWPs. Effective September 1, international students in a program at a private college that is part of curriculum licensing agreement with a public college will no longer be eligible for a PGWP.

Also, graduate-level students in a program shorter than the requisite eight months will now be eligible for a three-year PGWP. Currently, graduates are not eligible for a PGWP if their program is shorter than eight months and the length of time a PGWP is valid is tied to length of the graduate’s academic program. For example, a one-year program would be valid for a one-year permit.

This means that more graduate-level students will be able to get enough work experience in Canada to apply for a spot in the Express Entry application pool.

What is Express Entry?
The Express Entry application management system oversees the applications from three of Canada’s most prominent economic immigration programs; the Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

Candidates in these programs are given a score using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Scores are based on human capital attributes such as work experience, education, age, occupation and language ability. For example, a candidate between the ages of 20-29 receives 100 CRS points and less from age 30 and up.

In May 2023, IRCC announced that it was introducing category-based selection draws for Express Entry candidates who could demonstrate they had work experience in an in-demand occupation. One is for candidates with strong French-language proficiency and the remaining five categories are occupation based for:

  • Healthcare occupations
  • Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
  • Trades occupations, such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors
  • Transport occupations
  • Agriculture and agri-food occupations

Applying for Express Entry is a multi-step process. First, an applicant must self-evaluate if they are eligible for an Express Entry program. All three Express Entry programs have different eligibility criteria.

The second step is creating a profile in the Express Entry pool and obtaining a CRS score. From here, candidates must wait to receive an invitation to apply in an Express Entry draw.

Once a candidate receives an ITA, they have 60 days to gather their documents and submit their final application for permanent residence to IRCC.

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