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Express Entry: IRCC Holds First All-Program Draw in August With Increased Draw Size & CRS Score

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1. IRCC conducted the 259th Express Entry draw on August 1.
2. Eligible foreign nationals in the federal pool must have been ranked 2000 or above to get invited under this round of invitations.
3. The lowest-rank candidate had a CRS score of 517 in this draw.
4. Canada previously held new category-based selection draws, inviting healthcare, STEM professionals, and those with strong French-speaking skills in five separate draws.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held an all-program Express Entry draw at 13:25:02 UTC yesterday. The August 1 draw resulted in 2000 invitations to apply (ITA) under all Express Entry programs for Canadian permanent residence (PR).

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ITAs to the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Provincial Nominee Program may have been issued through this round of invitations.

IRCC invited eligible profiles with minimum qualifying scores based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). It increased by 12 points to 517 from the previous all-program draw

In case of a tie where two or more eligible candidates end up with the same CRS score, IRCC considered profiles registered on or before June 30, 2023, at 11:45:05 UTC. 

Overview of the Most Recent Express Entry Results 

Recently, IRCC held nomination rounds for three categories, including 

1. July 11-12: One all-program draw inviting 800 candidates with CRS 505 and a second French-speaking category-based nomination inviting 3,800 profiles were held.
2. July 4-7: IRCC held four Express Entry draws in the first week of July – all-program draw, three category-based draws each inviting 1,500 healthcare profiles, 500 STEM profiles, and 2,300 French-speaking candidates.
3. June 27-28: In addition to two all-program draws inviting 4,300 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 486 on June 27, IRCC held the first-ever category-based selection in 35+ healthcare occupations.

The other purposed occupation category eligible for exclusive Express Entry nominations are 

1. trades, such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors
2. transport
3. agriculture and agri-food

Book your free consultation on how to register your Express Entry profile for maximum success. 

How Can You Qualify for Express Entry? 

Any eligible foreign national seeking direct permanent residence without prior work experience or job offer in Canada may register their profile in the federal pool. 

These profiles are evaluated on a total of 1200 points, mainly based on the human capital criteria like age, education, work experience outside Canada, language proficiency in English/French, spouse adaptability, and Canadian study experience, etc. are considered for evaluation purposes. 

A successful provincial nomination can boost the Express Entry CRS score by 600 points. 

With the 2023-2025 annual targets for Express Entry landings (principal applicants, spouses, and dependents) set to cross over 100,000 each year, it is your golden time to start planning for immigration to Canada

Contact a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) like CanApprove to determine your best chances of qualifying based on your academic profile and work experience. 

Claim your free consultation from us to check your eligibility and register your profile with the help of our immigration experts.

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