In the latest Express Entry draw, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) extended invitations to candidates. Specifically, the department invited 1,548 candidates from the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) pool. Candidates had to attain a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 776.
This draw came after the results on October 10. During which 3,725 candidates received Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in an all-program draw. Candidates needed to achieve a minimum CRS score of 500 in that draw.
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Express Entry Candidates Don’t Need Upfront Medical Examinations
Starting October 1 this year, Express Entry candidates are no longer obligated to undergo an upfront immigrant medical examination (IME) before submitting their permanent resident application to IRCC. While an IME remains a mandatory requirement, candidates can upload a blank document in the designated field within the Express Entry profile builder. IRCC will provide additional instructions regarding the medical examination at a later stage.
Individuals who have already completed an IME as part of a previous IRCC application or those already residing in Canada are exempt from needing a second IME.
More About Express Entry Selection
Express Entry is an application management system responsible for overseeing three key programs. The Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program.
Candidates participating in these programs undergo assessment through the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Which ranks them based on their human capital attributes, including age, language proficiency, work history, occupation, and education.
The system assigns a score to each of these attributes. When it aggregates these scores, they can reach a maximum of 1200 points. It’s important to note that very few candidates achieve this maximum score, with most individuals falling within a range of minimum CRS cut-off scores, typically between 350 and 550. However, these thresholds can vary depending on the specific draw.
Ultimately, candidates with the highest CRS scores have the best chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to seek permanent resident status with the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).