IRCC targeted candidates from all Federal Programs in this draw, and this is the second All Program draw after the introduction of Category specific rounds in Express Entry. The minimum CRS score required to get an invitation to apply reduced by 6 points as compared to the previous All Programs draw. 505 compared to 511.
Here are the details of the latest express entry draw:
- Round of Invitation #257
- Express Entry Program: No Program Specified
- Number of invitations issued: 800
- Rank required to be invited to apply: 800 or above
- Date and time of round: July 11, 2023 at 17:53:49 UTC
- CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 505
- Tie-breaking rule: October 01, 2022 at 06:13:05 UTC
CRS Pattern in Previous Express Entry Draws of 2023:
|Draw Date||Program||ITAs||CRS cut|
|July 11||All Programs||800||505|
|July 7||French Langu-|
|July 6||35 Healthcare|
|July 5|| STEM |
|July 4||No Program |
|June 28||35 Healthcare |
|June 27||No Program |
|June 8||No Program |
|May 24||No Program |
|May 10||PNP Candidates||589||691|
|April 26||No Program|
|April 12||No Program|
|March 29||No Program|
|March 23||No Program |
|March 15||No Program |
|Jan 18||No Program|
|Jan 11||No Program|
Last week, IRCC conducted 4 back to back Express Entry draws, and invited 2300 candidates in the latest category specific draw, inviting Immigrants who are proficient in the French Language.
In the Express Entry draw of July 6, 2023, IRCC invited 1,500 healthcare workers. This came after the initial category-based draw on June 28, where 500 healthcare workers with a minimum CRS score of 476 were granted ITAs.
IRCC also sent invitations to professionals from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields on July 5. In the invitation round held yesterday, 500 STEM professionals who scored at least 486 on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) were given Invitations to Apply (ITAs).
The IRCC also held an all-program draw on July 4, 2023. This draw invited 700 candidates who had a minimum CRS score of 511. Such an all-program draw takes into account candidates from the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program.
Is my CRS score still important?
According to the IRCC, during category-based invitation rounds, candidates in the Express Entry pool who meet the category requirements will be ranked, and those with the highest rankings will be invited to apply for permanent residence.
Just like in a standard draw, eligible candidates will be ordered based on their CRS score. So, those with higher scores are still more likely to get an invitation.
Moreover, the IRCC will keep having regular all-program or program-specific draws. So, maintaining a high CRS score remains important to be considered for these draws. Although the CRS score cut offs are expected to be higher than what we are used to, if IRCC continues to give small amounts of Invitations in All Program Draws.
What are Express Entry Draws?
The draws are based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which ranks candidates according to their skills, education, work experience, and other factors.
Canada has introduced category-based selections within the Express Entry system. These selections aim to prioritize candidates with specific skills, training, or language abilities.
The eligible categories includehealthcare, STEM professions, trades, transport, and agriculture. Applicants must demonstrate at least 6 months of work experience in a qualifying occupation within the last 3 years.
How to Apply for Express Entry
The Express Entry application process consists of two steps:
- Submitting the profile with required documents such as language test results, educational credentials, and passport or travel documentation.
- If invited to apply, submit a complete application with supporting documents like reference letters, identity documents, police clearance certificates, and medical examination results.
The processing times for different application types within the Express Entry system can vary, with Canadian Experience Class (CEC) currently taking around 4 months and Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) around 24 months.