Latest Express Entry Draw 2023: The Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently conducted an Express Entry draw, inviting 2000 candidates to apply for permanent residency in Canada. This draw is part of the IRCC’s efforts to manage the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program. Let’s delve into the details of this draw and other recent Express Entry results.
Express Entry Draw
Express Entry Draw on July 11-12
In a category-based selection draw for French-speaking candidates, held on July 11-12, IRCC issued invitations to 3,800 candidates to apply for permanent residency. Remarkably, the minimum required Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for this draw was 375, making it the lowest CRS score for any Express Entry draw in 2023.
Express Entry Draw on July 11
On July 11, IRCC conducted an all-program draw, inviting 800 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 505 to apply for permanent residency.
Express Entry Draw on July 4-7
The first full week of July witnessed Express Entry draws on four consecutive days, a first in the history of Express Entry.
July 4 Draw: On July 4, IRCC unexpectedly held an all-program draw, inviting 700 candidates with the highest CRS score of any all-program draw in 2023 so far, which was 511.
July 5 Draw: On July 5, a category-based selection draw for candidates with work experience in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) occupations took place. IRCC invited 500 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 486.
July 6 Draw: The draw on July 6 was a category-based selection draw for healthcare professionals. IRCC invited 1,500 candidates with a minimum CRS of 463, marking the second round of invitations for this category.
July 7 Draw: On July 7, 2,300 invitations were issued to Express Entry candidates with strong French-speaking abilities, and they needed a minimum CRS of 439. Notably, French-speaking abilities are the only category-based selection criteria that is not occupation-specific.
Express Entry Draws on June 27-28
Towards the end of June, IRCC conducted two draws.
June 27 Draw: An all-program draw was held, inviting 4,300 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 486 on June 27.
June 28 Draw: The next day, IRCC conducted the first-ever category-based selection round of invitations. They invited 500 candidates with work experience in select healthcare occupations, requiring a minimum CRS score of 476.
Understanding Express Entry
Express Entry is an application management system used by IRCC to evaluate candidates based on various human capital factors. These factors include work experience, occupation, language ability, education, and age. Candidates are assigned a Comprehensive Ranking System score and ranked against others in the application pool. Those with the highest scores have a greater chance of receiving invitations to apply for permanent residency.
Changes in Category-Based Selection Criteria
On May 31, IRCC introduced new category-based selection criteria to emphasize specific attributes rather than relying solely on a high CRS score. The six new categories for Express Entry candidates are:
- Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
- Trades, such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors
- Agriculture and agri-food
- Strong French-language proficiency
These categories were chosen to address urgent gaps in Canada’s labor force and promote the French language outside of Quebec.
The latest Express Entry draw of 2023, inviting 2000 candidates by IRCC, is a significant step towards welcoming skilled immigrants to Canada. With the implementation of category-based selection criteria, the Express Entry system aims to fill critical labor market needs while also promoting linguistic diversity in the country. As Canada continues to attract talented individuals from around the world, the nation’s workforce and cultural landscape stand to benefit significantly.
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