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In the latest draw the IRCC has Invites 1,499 Candidates 

PNPThere has been a recent express entry draw in which the IRCC has invited 1,499 candidates to Apply (ITAs) in a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)-only draw.  The minimum required Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of  the applicant is 663 points.  There has been two notable program specific draws on May 30 and 31 in the past in which 5,985 Express Entry candidates were given the ITA 

The key highlight of the Draw

•   ITA – 1499
•   CRS score - 663

The draw on May 30 targeted candidates with provincial nominations through the PNP on the other hand there is the May 31 draw that focused on the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The CEC draw was particularly significant as it was the first of its kind since September 2021. Many CEC candidates currently live and work in Canada and aligning with the country's recent initiative to transition more temporary residents to permanent residents, thereby reducing the overall level of temporary residents.

Summary of the Express Entry Draws 2024 

Date ITA CRS Score
Jan 10 1510 546
Jan 23 1040 543
Jan 31 730 541
1 Feb  7000 365 ( French language)
13 Feb 1490 535
14 Feb 3500 422 ( Healthcare Occupations)
16 Feb 150 437 ( Agriculture and Agro- foods)
28 Feb 1470 534
1 March 2500 336 ( French Speaking category) 
12 March 2,850 525
13 March 975 430 ( Transport)
25 March 1980 524
26 March 1500 388 ( French Language)
10 April 1280 549
11 April 4500 491 (STEM)
23 April 2095 529
24 April 1400 410 ( French language )
30 May 2985 676 ( PNP) 
31 May 3000 522 ( CEC)
20 June 1499 663


What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is an immigration system for skilled workers in which the applicant is selected through three subcategories -  the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).  The selection of the applicant is purely point based and the scores are calculated based on factors such as age, work experience, language proficiency, occupation, and education. The inclusion of a spouse or partner in the application is also considered.
Each factor contributes to a candidate's overall CRS score. Candidates are then ranked against others in the Express Entry pool, with those having the highest scores being most likely to receive an ITA for permanent residency in an upcoming draw. While each program has distinct eligibility criteria, they all use the same CRS system.
Upon receiving an ITA, candidates have 60 days to submit their final application for permanent residence to IRCC.

What is Category-Based Selection?

This category based system of express entry was introduced in May 2023 and it allows IRCC to select Express Entry candidates with attributes that are expected to have the most positive impact on Canada’s labor force and economy. 
The selection includes six categories: five occupation-based and one targeting candidates with strong proficiency in the French language.

The occupation categories include:

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

The data as per the information available with the  Access to Information Request suggests that the highest number of category-based selection draws this year will be for candidates with French proficiency and it will account for 30% of the draws.  Then there are also other categories such as Healthcare and STEM occupations  which will hold the place for 15% and 25% respectively. There are  remaining categories  which make up for 5% or less.
These recent draws and the introduction of category-based selection demonstrate IRCC’s commitment to addressing Canada’s specific labor market needs and economic goals through targeted immigration strategies

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