Canada invites more 3,000 skilled workers in latest Express Entry draw
The department invited 3,000 candidates in an all-program draw. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score to receive an ITA was 504.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued Invitations to Apply
(ITA) in a fresh Express Entry
round of invitations. In this all-program draw, the department has extended invitations to 3,000 applicants.
To receive an ITA, candidates needed to have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 504.
This draw follows several previous rounds that occurred during the week of September 18. On September 19, IRCC invited 3,200 applicants in an all-program draw, and on September 20, they conducted the first-ever category-based lottery for Express Entry candidates in the transportation industry, inviting 1,000 applicants.
Summary of Express Entry draw results since June 2023
Date Draw Type Number of ITAs Minimum CRS
- Sept 26 All-program 3,000 504
- Sept 20 Transport occupations 1,000 435
- Sept 19 All-program 3,200 531
- Aug 15 All-program 4,300 496
- Aug 3 Trade occupations 1,500 388
- Aug 2 French language proficiency 800 435
- Aug 1 All-program 2,000 517
- July 12 French language proficiency 3,800 375
- July 11 All-program 800 505
- July 7 French language proficiency 2,300 439
- July 6 Healthcare occupations 1500 463
- July 5 STEM occupations 500 486
- July 4 All-program 700 511
- June 28 Healthcare occupations 500 476
- June 27 All-program 4,300 486
- June 8 All-program 4,800 486
What is category-based selection?
In May of this year, the IRCC revealed its intention to conduct certain Express Entry draws by emphasizing a single characteristic of candidates instead of solely relying on their comprehensive CRS scores. This shift toward implementing categories was anticipated to occur within the same year, thanks to a modification made to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) in 2022. This change granted the immigration minister the power to choose Express Entry candidates who are deemed likely to contribute to Canada’s goal of bolstering its economy and advancing the French language beyond Quebec.
To that end, six new categories were created for in-demand occupations and newcomers with strong French-language abilities. The five occupation-based categories are:
• STEM professions;
• Transport; and
• Agriculture and agri-food