1. IRCC held an all-program Express Entry draw on September 19.
2. September 19 draw marks the 263rd Express Entry draw since 2015.
3. Some 3,200 Express Entry profiles qualifying for FSWP, FSTP, CEC, and PNP received invitations to apply for Canada PR.
4. The qualifying Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) stood at 531 points.
5. So far, IRCC held eight new category-based selections for Canada PR, inviting individuals in healthcare, STEM, transport occupations, or having French proficiency.
Recently, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its first general category or all-program draw of September 2023 under the Express Entry system.
As a result, 3,200 eligible candidates received invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residency (PR). It included only registered profiles under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), or Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and those qualifying under any Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) received nominations.
Whereas, all the invited candidates had a qualifying score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) above 531. This is 35 points higher than the previous August 15 general draw. It is possible that IRCC considered profiles submitted on or before September 12, 2023, at 12:16:31 UTC in case of a tie in the CRS score.
What is the Canada Express Entry System?
Canada Express Entry is a system to manage and process applications for permanent residence. It targets skilled foreign workers and certain international students who want to live and work in Canada.
The system was launched in January 2015 as part of Canada’s effort to streamline the immigration process and attract highly skilled individuals to contribute to the country’s economy.
Express Entry is used to manage applications for economic immigration programs: FSWP, FSTP, CEC, and PNP.
The Express Entry system operates on a points-based system, known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which assigns scores to applicants based on factors such as
3. work experience,
4. language proficiency (in English or French),
5. and other additional factors.
The highest-scoring candidates are then invited to apply for permanent residence through regular draws from the Express Entry pool. These draws typically take place every two weeks.
If an applicant receives an Invitation to Apply (ITA) based on their CRS score, they can then submit a complete application for permanent residence within a specified timeframe, typically 60 days.
New Category-Based Express Entry Draws
Canada announced six new occupation and skill categories to be included in new Express Entry selection rounds. This includes:
2. STEM professions
5. Agriculture and agri-food and
6. French-language proficiency.
Consequently, it emphasizes specific professional and demographic attributes of candidates over just their CRS score.
This further indicates IRCC’s plan to target more occupation-specific profiles already registered in the federal Express Entry pool in the near future.
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