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Express Entry Draws: Recent Results and Categories

Express Entry Draws: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently conducted several rounds of Express Entry invitations, inviting candidates from various categories. Here is an overview of the most recent results and the newly introduced categories.

Express Entry Draws

July 12: French Language Category-Based Draw

  • On July 12th, IRCC invited 3,800 candidates in a French language category-based draw.
  • Candidates were required to have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 375.

July 11: All-Program Draw

  • On July 11, IRCC conducted an all-program draw and invited 800 candidates.
  • Candidates needed a minimum CRS score of 505, which was higher than the previous week’s category-based selection invitations but lower than the July 4 draw’s requirement of 511.
  • July 4-7: Four Consecutive Days of Draws
  • IRCC held draws for four consecutive days, from July 4 to July 7.

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Unexpected All-Program Draw: July 4th

  • On July 4, an unexpected all-program draw took place, and 700 candidates were invited.
  • Candidates needed a minimum CRS score of 511, the highest requirement for any all-program draw in 2023 so far.

STEM Occupations Draw: July 5th

  • On July 5, the anticipated first-ever round of invitations was issued to candidates with work experience in select science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) occupations.
  • IRCC invited 500 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 486.
  • This draw was announced a week in advance.

July 6: Healthcare Professionals Category-Based Selection Draw

  • On July 6, IRCC conducted a category-based selection draw for healthcare professionals.
  • 1,500 candidates were invited, and the cut-off CRS score was 463.

July 7: Strong French-Speaking Abilities Draw

  • On July 7, ITAs (Invitations to Apply) were issued to 2,300 candidates with strong French-speaking abilities.
    The minimum CRS score requirement for this draw was 439.

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June 27-28: All-Program and Healthcare Occupations Draws

  • On June 27, IRCC invited 4,300 candidates in an all-program draw, with a minimum CRS score of 486.
  • On June 28, the first-ever ITAs for category-based selection were issued.
  • 500 candidates with work experience in healthcare occupations and a minimum CRS score of 476 were invited to apply for permanent residence.

Introduction of Category-Based Selection

  • Canada’s immigration minister, Sean Fraser, announced the finalization of categories for category-based selection on May 31.
  • These categories were established following the royal assent of Bill C-19, granting the immigration minister the authority to invite economic immigration candidates based on specific attributes.
  • The categories include healthcare, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions, trades, transport, agriculture and agri-food, and strong French-language proficiency.
  • Candidates selected under these categories must still be eligible for an Express Entry program and will be ranked based on their CRS score.

Immigration Targets and Express Entry Categories

According to the Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025, IRCC plans to admit a significant number of new permanent residents to Canada through Express Entry.

The goal is to admit 82,880 new permanent residents by the end of 2023, which will increase to 109,020 in 2024 and 114,000 by 2025.

The newly introduced Express Entry categories will play a crucial role in meeting these targets while also strengthening Canada’s workforce.


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