IRCC has conducted its 14th Express Entry Draw of 2023.
Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 4,800 candidates to an all-program draw.
Candidates need a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 486.
This was the first draw of June and followed the most recent draw on 24 May in which 4,800 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 488 were invited to an all-program draw. This score is higher than the April 26 all-program draw, which required a minimum CRS score of 483.
IRCC announces category-based selection draw, expected to start this summer
On May 31, IRCC issued a news release stating that the department has established six new category-based selection criteria for Express Entry candidates.
The new categories target candidates with specific characteristics that support Canada’s economic goals. Five are for those having work experience in the following areas:
- Health care
- science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professions
- trades, such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors
- agriculture and agri-food
The last category is for candidates with strong French speaking ability.
The department says it hopes to launch category-based draws this summer, but didn’t give an exact date.
Those hoping to get an ITA in the targeted draw must be candidates in the Express Entry pool. IRCC says it will still rank Express Entry candidates who meet the category requirements and then issue ITAs to those with the highest scores.
IRCC will continue to conduct all program draws and program-specific draws as needed.
Express Entry in 2023
IRCC has invited 49,948 candidates in 13 draws in 2023, excluding the current draw. This is already significantly higher than the number of candidates invited between July-November in 2022. IRCC did not hold any event draw until July 2022 following the stoppage related to the COVID-19 pandemic (31,000 candidates).
There were two Express Entry draws in May. The first took place on 10 May and was a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw for only 589 candidates. Those candidates were in the Express Entry pool, but were also nominated by a provincial government.
The two draws in April were very similar. Both were all-program draws that invited 3,500 candidates. For the April 12 draw, the candidates were required to have a CRS score of 346 and for the April 26 draw, a CRS score of 483.
The march was notable in the number of draws and the number of candidates. There were four draws inviting a total of 21,677 candidates. Three of the four draws were all-program and each invited 7,000 candidates. The remaining draw of 667 candidates was PNP-only.
There were also four draws in February, but each draw was specific to the program, three for PNP candidates and a fourth for candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Program (the first such draw in Express Entry history). There were two all-program draws in January, each inviting 5,500 candidates.
What is Express Entry?
The Express Entry Application Management System was established in 2015 to help target highly skilled economic immigration candidates for permanent residence.
The system uses a comprehensive ranking system to evaluate candidates for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trade Program and the Canada Experience Class. It considers a candidate’s work experience, occupation, language ability, education, age, and other transferable factors. Candidates with the highest CRS scores are most likely to receive an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residency (ITA).
It is expected that later this year, the IRCC will begin to move away from placing the greatest emphasis on a high CRS score and instead begin targeting candidates based on a specific attribute that is relevant to the Canadian economy at the time. is understood as demand.