Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), a highly regarded government agency, has once again extended an invitation to prospective immigrants through its Express Entry draw. A large number of 7,000 individuals have been warmly invited to apply (ITAs) by the department, according to the current development. This draw highlighted Canada’s dedication to linguistic diversity by focusing on persons who are competent in French.
Candidates were expected to achieve the lowest threshold seen this year, a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 365, by the specified criteria.
This draw is the second one this week, coming just after the one on January 31st, when 730 individuals were invited in a general draw and a CRS score of 541 was required.
There were two more draws in January. With a minimum CRS score of 543, 1,040 candidates were invited to the first draw, which took place on January 23. Following that, on January 10, a different general draw was held, inviting 1,510 candidates, with a CRS score of 546.
Forecasting the pattern of Express Entry draws for the whole year 2024 is still a work in progress. Canada is determined to reach the admissions targets outlined in the Immigration Levels Plan for both 2023 and 2024, based on the precedent set in 2023 when IRCC granted ITAs to more than 110,000 individuals and conducted 42 draws.
Briefly, these are the results of the 2024 Express Entry draw:
Significant changes to the Post-Graduation Work Permits (PGWPs) have also been announced by IRCC, alongside adjustments to the Express Entry draw. Foreign students attending private universities that have curriculum licensing agreements with public universities will no longer be eligible for PGWPs as of September 1.
Graduate students whose studies are less than eight months long are now eligible for a three-year PGWP. It is expected that this adjustment will open up additional possibilities to get work experience in Canada, which will strengthen eligibility for Express Entry.
The three most prominent economic immigration programs in Canada—the Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)—all use Express Entry as its primary application management system.
To determine who gets into these programs, we use the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which takes into account things like a candidate’s age, education level, occupation, language skills, and job history. It’s important to remember that candidates in the 20-29 age group receive 100 CRS points, while those in the older age group receive fewer points.
The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a new policy in May 2023 that would allow Express Entry applicants with high-demand job experience to participate in selection draws based on specific categories. Health care, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) occupations, construction, transportation, and farming are all part of these broad categories.
There are several stages to the application procedure for Express Entry. Applicants should first determine if they are qualified to participate in the program. After that, they get a CRS score after making an Express Entry profile. Afterward, they have to wait for the much sought-after invitation to participate in an Express Entry recruitment.
The applicant has sixty days from the date of ITA receipt to gather the necessary paperwork and send it in to IRCC to apply for permanent residency.
For many people who dream of making Canada their permanent home, the Express Entry system represents a glimmer of hope because it streamlines the immigration process and opens doors to better prospects.