Express Entry is a superfast system that helps you to live your dream life by immigration to Canada. The Federal Government conducts Express Entry Draw twice a month. Below are the latest Express Entry Draw results which was held at 15th August 2023:
- No. of Draw – #262
- ITA Issued – 4300
- CRS Cut-off – 496
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The Express Entry draw number 262 has recently been conducted, granting 4300 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to the candidates. These invitations were extended to individuals possessing a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 496. Notably, this was not an ‘all program draw’, signifying that prospective candidates from a range of categories might receive ITAs. These categories encompass the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Provincial Nominee Program.
Remarkably, this draw exhibited a notable increase in invitations, more than doubling the count from the preceding draw on August 1st. A particularly noteworthy development was the reduction in the CRS score by a margin of 21 points.
In comparison to the past 10 draws, inclusive of draws specific to certain categories, this recent draw emerged as the one with the highest number of ITAs issued.
In the span of almost two months since the inception of category-specific draws, a total of seven such draws have taken place. These draws have been categorized into four distinct areas: STEM occupations, Healthcare occupations, French speakers, and Trade Occupations. Cumulatively, these draws have collectively beckoned nearly 11,000 candidates to apply. The category that has garnered the most attention thus far is the Francophone category, which has seen a substantial count. Specifically, a significant 6,900 candidates were summoned to participate in the French language draws, underlining the popularity of this category.
Recent Express Entry Draws at a Glance
August Express Entry draw began on the 1st of August, where 2000 candidates got invitations with a minimum CRS score of 517. After 11th July, this was the first all-program Express Entry draw.
On the 2nd of August, the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 800 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in the latest Express Entry draw. The latest draw was a category-based Express Entry draw where candidates with French language proficiency got preferred. The cut-off Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was 435.
IRCC invited 3800 candidates to apply for PR under category-based selection for French speakers with a minimum CRS score of 375, which was this year’s lowest score by a significant margin. On July 11th, 800 candidates were invited in an ‘all-program draw’ with a minimum CRS cut-off of 505.
For the first time in Express Entry history, ITAs were issued on consecutive 4 days. The Express Entry Draw of 4th July was an unexpected ‘all-program draw’ where 700 candidates were invited. The par CRS score for this draw was 511, the highest CRS for any all-program draw in 2023.
On May 31st, IRCC announced a category-based draw for the candidates who got a professional hand in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) sector. On July 5th, the announced draw was made, and a total of 500 applicants were invited whose minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score was above 486. This was the first STEM draw from IRCC since the announcements of the category-based selection draw.
IRCC invited 1,500 applicants with a CRS of 463 or above in a category-based selection draw for healthcare professionals. This was the category’s second round of invites.
On July 7, 2300 invites were granted to Express Entry candidates with strong French language skills and a CRS of 439 or above. The only category-based selection factor that is not occupation-specific is French-speaking ability.
In the final week of June, IRCC organized two draws. On June 27, an ‘all-program’ draw was held, inviting 4300 applicants with a minimum CRS score of 486. The next day, the first-ever category-based invitation selection round was held. The IRCC invited 500 applicants with prior work experience in healthcare occupations. They required a CRS score of at least 476.
July saw a higher-than-average number of draws for the month. The last all-program draw was on July 11th, where the CRS score was 505, 12 points lower than this draw. More ITAs were also issued in today’s draw, with 2,000 being invited compared to two weeks ago, with only 800 candidates being invited to apply.
What is a Category-Based Draw?
In the category-based draws, candidates can receive Invitations to Apply (ITAs) with specified skills, training, or language ability. This enables applicants with the most in-demand talents to be selected for Permanent Residency in Canada.
This year, Express Entry Candidates with skills or expertise in one of the following disciplines or good French language skills will be prioritized:
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) professions
- Trades; such as Carpenter, Plumbers, and Contractors
To qualify, candidates must have at least six months of work experience in a relevant occupation in the previous three years. In addition to category-based draws, the IRCC will continue to organize all-program draws like this one and program-specific draws as needed.
What is Express Entry?
The Canadian government uses Express Entry to administer applications for Canadian Permanent Residency. Express Entry ranks candidates’ profiles using a point-based system known as the CRS. The system oversees three primary programs:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
- Federal Skilled Trade Program (FSTP)
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Applying for Express Entry requires two steps. The first step is to submit your Expression of Interest Application to the Express Entry pool. You can submit your entire application to the IRCC after submitting a profile and receiving an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residency.
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