CanadaCanadian CitizenshipExpress EntryLife in CanadaSettle in CanadaStudy in CanadaJuly 5, 2023by Neeraja KolaganiExpress Entry: IRCC invites 700 candidates in surprise all-program draw

In the latest Express Entry draw, the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has extended invitations to 700 candidates. The timing of this draw came as a surprise since IRCC had previously announced its intention to invite 1,500 healthcare workers through category-based selection on July 5. Furthermore, it is anticipated that IRCC will also invite candidates with work experience in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) occupations in the first-ever category-based selection Express Entry draw for STEM professions. The minimum CRS score required for healthcare and STEM candidates remains unknown at this point.

In a significant development last week on June 28, IRCC conducted its first-ever Express Entry category-based draw, where 500 healthcare workers were invited to apply with a minimum CRS score of 476. On the same day, IRCC disclosed its plans to invite STEM professionals in a category-based Express Entry round during the current week.

The CRS score of 511 in the most recent draw is the highest observed in any all-program draw in 2023. It represents a significant increase from the previous all-program draw on June 27, which saw 4,300 candidates being invited with a minimum CRS score of 486. Moreover, the score is 35 points higher than the minimum requirement of 476 in the category-based draw on June 28.

Category-based selection draws are a novel form of Express Entry draw designed to target candidates with specific occupational backgrounds or other highly sought-after attributes. Six new categories have been introduced to enable eligibility for these draws, which include healthcare, STEM professions, trades such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors, transportation, agriculture and agri-food, and strong French-language proficiency. The authorization for category-based selection draws was made possible by amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in June 2022, granting the immigration minister the authority to invite economic immigrants based on specific attributes that align with Canada’s economic priorities or promote the French language outside of Quebec.

Express Entry serves as an application management system utilized by IRCC to select candidates for permanent residency based on their Comprehensive Ranking System score. This system evaluates candidates on various criteria, including work experience, occupation, language ability, education, age, and more.

While each program has different eligibility requirements, they are all assessed using the same Comprehensive Ranking System.

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