On November 9, Canada held its tenth all-program Express Entry draw. In this draw, IRCC invited 4750 applicants with a minimum comprehensive ranking system score of 494. Qualifying candidates were invited from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).
In December 2020, all-program Express Entry draws were paused for over 1.5 years. During the pause, applicants from the CEC or Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) were issued invitations to apply (ITAs). The draws were put on hold due to a backlog in applications caused by COVID-19-related travel restrictions. In September 2021, IRCC also paused Express Entry draws for the CEC. This draw is the second in a row to invite 4750 candidates, stable with the draw held on October 26. There was also a fall of only two points in the minimum CRS, down from 496. It was considered the smallest drop since all-program draws resumed.
An Overview of Express Entry Invitations
According to the latest update by IRCC, 26,250 ITAs have been issued across all Express Entry programs since draws resumed on July 6. The majority, 13774 invitations are from the CEC. In order to be eligible for this program, candidates must have lived or worked in Canada for at least 1 year within 36 months of their application date and have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 5 or 7. Sixty-five percent of the remaining invitations were issued to those who applied through the FSWP, 6,154, and sixty-two percent to those who applied through the PNP, 6322. No candidates have received invitations under the FSTP.
Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025
On November 1, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released the Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025. The guidelines provide targets for the number of immigrants who will be granted permanent residency across all lines of business. By the end of 2025, Canada is expected to welcome up to 500,000 new permanent residents. 82,880 immigrants will be invited to Canada as permanent residents through Express Entry in 2023. In 2024, Canada is aiming for 109,020 immigrants, and 114,000 in 2025, or approximately one-fifth of its total immigration target.
Despite Canada’s ongoing labour shortage, these targets demonstrate Canada’s commitment to economic immigration. In Canada, immigration accounts for 90% of labour force growth and approximately 75% of population growth. Among economic immigration programs, Express Entry targets are second only to PNP for candidates.