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All-Program Express Entry: 1,325 Profiles With Lower CRS 542 Receive ITAs For Canada PR

Express Entry draw 275



1. IRCC held the latest all-program Express Entry draws on December 18.  

2. This draw marks the 275th Express Entry draw since 2015. 

3. Some 1,325 Express Entry profiles qualifying for FSWP, FSTP, CEC, and PNP received invitations to apply for Canada PR. 

4. The qualifying Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) decreased to 542 points. 

5. IRCC continues to hold new category-based selections for Canada PR, inviting individuals with experience in healthcare, STEM, skilled trades, transport occupations, or having French proficiency. 

Canada held its second general category or all-program Express Entry draws of the month. As a result, 1,325 candidates received invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residency (PR). 

The invited profile includes those qualifying under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), or Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) or with provincial nominations from any Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

Further, all the invited candidates had a qualifying score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) above 542. This is 19 points lower than the previous December 08 general draw. It is possible that IRCC considered profiles submitted on or before November 06, 2023, at 14:40:23 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 

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

Additionally, IRCC is also holding new category-based selections for Canada PR, inviting individuals with experience in the following occupations: 

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 recently as December 08, IRCC held a category-based draw for STEM professionals.  

To learn more about the opportunities 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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