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All-Program Express Entry: Another 3,000 Profiles With Lower CRS 504 Receive ITAs For Canada PR

Express Entry Draw



1. IRCC held another all-program Express Entry draw on September 26.
2. September 26 draw marks the 265th Express Entry draw since 2015.
3. Some 3,000 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 504 points.
5. So far, IRCC held eight new category-based selections for Canada PR, inviting individuals in healthcare, STEM, skilled trades, transport occupations, or having French proficiency.

Recently, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its second general category or all-program draw of September 2023 under the Express Entry system. 

As a result, 3,000 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.
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Whereas, all the invited candidates had a qualifying score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) above 504. This is 27 points lower than the previous September 26 general draw. It is possible that IRCC considered profiles submitted on or before September 11, 2023, at 20:24:18 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. 

Express Entry has been used to manage applications since 2015 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 

1. age
2. education
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 permanent residence application 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: 

1. Healthcare
2. STEM professions
3. Trades
4. Transport
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 means work experience in target occupations now matters more than CRS score. 

As recent as September 20, IRCC held its first-ever Express Entry exclusively for profiles with experience in transport occupation. 

To learn more about the opportunities that exist for in-demand skills in Canada, we encourage you to contact our expert immigration counselors. You may also boost your chances of qualifying for immigration after consulting a licensed immigration consultant. 

Claim your free consultation from a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) like CanApprove today!

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