Vimal Sivakumar - 10 October, 2023
Today, IRCC issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to 3,725 Express Entry candidates in an all-program draw. This draw invited eligible candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 500.
Following a nine-day period where IRCC conducted five Express Entry draws between September 19 and 28, this is the first round of invitations issued by the immigration department in 12 days.
Express Entry is the name given to the application management system that Canada's federal government uses to manage immigration applications for three economic immigration programs - the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
As of June this year, there are now two types of Express Entry draws.
In a standard Express Entry draw, candidates are given a CRS score based on objectively calculated values given to various human capital factors (including work experience, professional fields, language skills, education, and age). These scores are used to rank candidates against each other. If above the CRS cut-off score for a particular Express Entry draw, a candidate's CRS will earn them an ITA during that standard draw.
Beginning on June 28 this year, IRCC has conducted new Express Entry draws focused on bringing immigration candidates to Canada if they have specific professional and demographic attributes that can help this country address particular labour market and social challenges. These draws are called category-based Express Entry draws.
For 2023, IRCC is prioritizing the intake of Express Entry candidates with French-language proficiency as well as those with recent work experience in alignment with one of these six new categories:
• STEM professions
• Agriculture and agri-food