In the recent Express Entry draw, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued invitations to 4,300 candidates from all programs. Candidates needed a minimum CRS score of 486. In a similar draw on June 8, IRCC invited 4,800 candidates with the same CRS cut-off score.
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Expanded Category-Based Selection: 82 Occupations Now Eligible
On May 31, IRCC announced that they would introduce draws specifically for Express Entry candidates falling into six new categories later in the summer. These categories include healthcare, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions, trades (such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors), transport, agriculture, and agri-food, as well as individuals with strong French-speaking abilities.
In these upcoming draws, Express Entry candidates with the required work or language experience in selected occupations within these categories will receive Invitations to Apply (ITAs). Notably, healthcare occupations comprise nearly half of those eligible for category-based selection. Additionally, a significant share of the eligible work falls within the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field.
To be eligible for an ITA, immigration applicants must have work experience in any listed occupations and be part of the Express Entry pool. While a high Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score remains relevant, candidates with the highest scores are more likely to receive an ITA.
Furthermore, IRCC explains that the selection of these categories was based on consultations and discussions with the provinces, territories, and other stakeholders. The department plans to include the results of the draws and their success in the annual report to parliament. It is important to note that these categories may change from year to year, reflecting the evolving needs and priorities of the Canadian immigration system.
More about Express Entry
Express Entry is the application management system for three major economic immigration programs in Canada: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program.
Eligible individuals for these programs must create a profile with IRCC, where they receive a score from the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Additionally, The CRS assesses various factors, including work experience, language proficiency, education, occupation, age, and other human capital aspects. Higher scores increase the likelihood of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in future draws.
Upon receiving an ITA, candidates have 60 days to submit their final application for permanent residency to IRCC. A designated immigration officer will then review the application and decide the candidate’s potential to become a permanent resident of Canada.
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