In the most recent Express Entry draw, Canada continues to raise ITAs. IRCC holds its fifth all-program draw since July. Since July 6, this was the fifth time IRCC has hosted Express Entry Draw in line. IRCC kept the CRS cut-off at 516 while sending invitations to nearly 2,750 eligible individuals to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Express Entry is one of the most popular and fastest Canada immigration pathways for skilled individuals. This draw was not targeted to any specific program. Individuals from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) were eligible to apply under this draw.

You must be aware that, beginning in December 2020, IRCC suspended all Express Entry draws for 18 months. Only those individuals invited to apply who were qualified for permanent residency under the CEC or PNP program.

IRCC halted the CEC draws in 2021 owing to an excessive backlog of permanent residency applications received during the COVID outbreak. Also, Canada’s border was closed during this time, and travel requirements were regularly altered.

Since all-program draws started on July 6, this draw has had the biggest gain in ITAs, up by 500. Until today’s draw, the number of ITA recipients has increased by exactly 250 with each draw. For example, the first draw in July invited 1,500 people, the second 1,750, and so on. The minimum CRS score has also gradually declined, losing between eight and nine points with each passing draw. The first CRS minimum score was 557, which has now decreased to 516. The latest Express Entry draw trends are as shown below:

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The Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) all use Express Entry as their applicant management system. Express Entry uses a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to rank potential candidates. CRS is a point-based mechanism with the help of which the Candidates with the highest scores are given an ITA (Invitation to Apply) and can subsequently apply for permanent residence.

 Following the application, an IRCC official evaluates the application and makes a decision. The officer will seek biometrics and may schedule an interview or request other documentation. If granted, the individual will be a permanent resident of Canada and one step closer to becoming a Canadian citizen.

Moving ahead, we can see that IRCC is considering making a significant adjustment to Express Entry in 2023. IRCC is planning to give it the right to award ITAs to persons with certain job experience, education, or language ability groups who it considers will be well-positioned to help Canada’s economy and labour force. It will make CRS scores less significant in future draws.