1️⃣ IRCC resumes the Canada Express Entry draw after a temporary pause since October 26.
2️⃣ December 06 draw marks the 272nd Express Entry draw since 2015.
3️⃣ Some 4,750 Express Entry profiles qualifying for FSWP, FSTP, CEC, and PNP received invitations to apply for Canada PR.
4️⃣The qualifying Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) was set at 561 points.
5️⃣ Additionally, IRCC is also holding new category-based selections for Canada PR, inviting individuals with experience in healthcare, STEM, skilled trades, transport occupations, or having French proficiency.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has held its first general category or all-program draw under the Express Entry system since October 10.
The December 06 draw issued 4,750 invitations to eligible candidates 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 561. This is 61 points higher than the previous October 10 general draw. It is possible that IRCC considered profiles submitted on or before November 08, 2023, at 06:00:13 UTC in case of a tie in the CRS score.
What is the Canada Express Entry System?
Canada Express Entry system has been managing applications since 2015 for economic immigration programs: FSWP, FSTP, CEC, and PNP. It targets skilled foreign workers and certain international students who want to live and work in Canada.
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
🔹language proficiency (in English or French),
🔹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
Additionally, IRCC is also holding new category-based selections for Canada PR, inviting individuals with experience in the following occupations:
🔹Agriculture and agri-food; and
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 recently as October 26, IRCC held a category-based draw for healthcare professionals.
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.