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Canada Invites 3,000 Canadian Experience Class Candidates in Latest Express Entry Draw



IRCC Issues Invitations to Apply in Recent Express Entry Draw

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently issued 3,000 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in the latest Express Entry draw, specifically targeting candidates in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). To be considered, candidates needed a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 522.

Second Draw of the Week and Program-Specific Focus

This draw marks the second of the week, following a program-specific draw on May 30 for candidates with a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) nomination. It is the first CEC-specific draw since September 14, 2021, and features the lowest CRS score of the year for a non-category-based selection draw.

Introduction of Category-Based Selection

This week's draws are the first program-specific draws since category-based selection was introduced in May 2023. Many CEC and PNP candidates are already temporary residents in Canada, and these draws align with IRCC's commitment to hold more "domestic draws" to help temporary residents transition to permanent residency.

Program-Specific vs. General Draws

Program-specific draws target candidates from the Express Entry pool who have applied through a specific permanent residency program, unlike general draws that invite applicants from all programs.

Recent Express Entry Draws and Trends

The May 30 draw was the first since April 24, following a month-long pause. Although IRCC has not explained the pause, it was revealed through an Access to Information Request that all draws this year are on a predetermined schedule. The schedule and reasons for draw size and frequency remain undisclosed, but they are influenced by admissions targets and processing capacity for 2024 and 2025.

Express Entry Draw History

Date

Draw Type

Number of ITAs

Minimum CRS

May 30

Provincial Nominee Program

2,985

676

April 24

French proficiency

1,400

410

April 23

General

2,095

529

April 11

STEM occupations

4,500

491

April 10

General

1,280

549

March 26

French language proficiency

1,500

388

March 25

General

1,980

524

March 13

Transport occupations

975

430

March 12

General

2,850

525

February 29

French language proficiency

2,500

336

February 28

General

1,470

534

February 16

Agriculture and agri-food

150

437

February 14

Healthcare occupations

3,500

422

February 13

General

1,490

535

February 1

French language proficiency

7,000

365

January 31

General

730

541

January 23

General

1,040

543

January 10

General

1,510

546




Future Focus on French Proficiency

According to an Access to Information Request, French proficiency is expected to lead category-based selection draws in 2024 due to high employment rates among bilingual candidates and their generally higher CRS scores, which facilitate better economic integration.

Category-Based ITA Distribution

For 2024, IRCC has planned:

  • STEM occupations: 25% of ITAs

  • Healthcare occupations: 15%

  • Transport, trades, and agriculture/agri-food occupations: 5% or less

  • General draws: 21.5% of ITAs

Overview of Express Entry

Express Entry is an application management system for three major economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). All candidates are evaluated using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which assigns points based on factors like work experience, occupation, language ability, age, and education.

Category-Based Selection Introduction

In May 2023, IRCC introduced category-based selection draws for candidates with specific work experience or language abilities. The six categories are:

  • Healthcare occupations

  • Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions

  • Trades occupations

  • Transport occupations

  • Agriculture and agri-food occupations

  • Strong French proficiency

These categories will remain in place throughout 2024 but may change in 2025. Candidates must be in the Express Entry pool and meet specific category requirements to be considered.

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