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IRCC:  New Express Entry Draw announced and invited 400 applicants

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently conducted its fourth Express Entry draw of the week, inviting 400 candidates to apply for immigration in the category-based selection draw for individuals in agriculture and agri-food occupations. To be eligible for an Invitation to Apply (ITA), candidates were required to have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 386.

 The key Highlights of the draw-
•    ITA – 400
•    CRS score - 386

Express Entry Draw

This draw followed three other draws earlier in the same week, showcasing Canada's commitment to welcoming skilled immigrants from various backgrounds. On December 18, the IRCC held an all-program draw and invited 1,325 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 542. The following day, on December 19, a category-based draw for trades occupations was conducted, resulting in 1,000 candidates receiving ITAs with a minimum CRS score of 425. The first draw of this kind occurred on August 3, inviting 1,500 candidates. On December 20, IRCC extended invitations to 670 candidates in another category-based selection draw, this time for transport occupations, with a minimum CRS score requirement of 435.

The previous week also saw active draws. On December 8, 5,900 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 481 were invited in a category-based selection draw for those in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) occupations. On December 7, a draw was held for individuals with French language proficiency, inviting 1,000 candidates from the Express Entry pool with a minimum CRS score of 470. An all-program draw on December 6 invited candidates with a minimum CRS score of 561, marking the first such draw in over a month. The last draw before this hiatus was a category-based selection draw for candidates in healthcare occupations on October 26.

IRCC's decision to pause draws for a brief period in November raised questions among applicants. Although the department did not provide an official reason for the pause, it was revealed on November 14 that there was an IT issue with the Express Entry profile builder for candidates who had already received an ITA and were trying to upload their final application to IRCC's website. On November 16, IRCC confirmed that the glitch had been resolved, but draws did not immediately resume as expected.

Delays in Express Entry draws can occur for various reasons, including meeting immigration targets outlined in the Immigration Levels Plan, technical issues, staffing changes, or updates to the Comprehensive Ranking System. Despite occasional interruptions, the Canadian government remains committed to its immigration goals, welcoming skilled individuals from around the world to contribute to the country's diverse and thriving communities.

 Summary of Express Entry Draws 

Date ITA CRS score
18th Dec 1325 545
8th December 5900 481 (STEM)
7th December 1000 470 (French)
6th December 4750 561 (All Program)
26th October 3600 431 (Healthcare)
25th October 300 486 (French Speaking)
24th October 1548 776(PNP)
10th October 3725 500
28th September 600 354 (Agriculture and agri-food occupations)
27th September 500 472 (French Language)
26th September 3000 504
20th September 1000 435 (Transport Occupations)
19th September 3200 531
15th August 4300 496
3rd August 1500 388 (trade occupations)
2nd August 800 435 (French Proficiency)
1st August 517 2000
12th July 3800 375 (French language proficiency)
11th July 800 505
7th July 2300 439 (French language proficiency)
6th July 1500 463 (Healthcare occupations)
5th July 500 486 (STEM occupations)
4th July 700 511
28th June 500 476 (Healthcare occupations)
27th June 4300 486
8th June 4800 486
24th May 4800 488
10th May 589 691 (PNP)
26th April 3500 483
12th  April 3500 486
29th March 7000 481
23rd March 7000 484
15th March 7000 490
1st March 667 748 (PNP)
15th February 699 791
2nd February 3300 489 (Foreign Skilled Worker Program)
1st February 893 733 (PNP)
18th January 5500 490
11th January 5500 507


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