In the ever-evolving landscape of Canadian immigration, the Express Entry system remains at the forefront, continuously inviting skilled individuals to pursue their dreams of living and working in Canada. The latest Express Entry Draw 265 conducted by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) showcases the program’s vitality.
A Snapshot of the Latest Express Entry Draw 265
On September 26, 2023, the IRCC conducted yet another successful Express Entry draw, inviting 3,000 candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada. This all-program draw, like previous ones, aimed to select individuals who possess the skills, qualifications, and potential to make meaningful contributions to the Canadian workforce and society. To qualify, candidates needed to attain a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 504.
The Continuous Momentum of Express Entry
The recent draw is part of a series of draws conducted by the IRCC, demonstrating the program’s consistent momentum. In the week leading up to September 26, the IRCC held multiple draws, further showcasing Canada’s commitment to welcoming skilled individuals from around the world.
September 20: A historic moment unfolded as the first-ever category-based draw for Express Entry candidates in the transport occupation was conducted, with 1,000 candidates receiving ITAs.
September 19: An all-program draw welcomed 3,200 candidates, reinforcing the diverse opportunities available through Express Entry.
August 15: A significant all-program draw issued 4,300 ITAs to eligible candidates, reflecting the program’s dedication to inviting skilled individuals.
August 3: Trade occupations took center stage as 1,500 candidates received ITAs, emphasizing the program’s inclusivity.
August 2: Proficiency in the French language continued to be recognized, with 800 candidates invited to apply.
August 1: An all-program draw welcomed 2,000 candidates, marking another step in Canada’s commitment to attracting talent from around the globe.
Understanding Category-Based Selection
The introduction of category-based selection in Express Entry marks a pivotal shift in how candidates are chosen. This approach focuses on specific attributes or attributes rather than solely relying on the overall CRS score. The initiative aligns with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act’s (IRPA) amendment in 2022, granting the immigration minister the authority to select candidates who align with Canada’s economic goals and promote the French language outside of Quebec.
Six new categories were introduced, catering to in-demand occupations and individuals with strong French language skills. These categories encompass a diverse range of professions, including healthcare, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) professions, trades, transport, and agriculture and agri-food.
Since the inception of category-based selection, IRCC has conducted draws in each of these categories, except for Agriculture and agri-food. Of note, the category targeting candidates with strong French language abilities has seen the highest number of ITAs issued, totaling 6,900.
Eligibility and Express Entry
To be eligible for Express Entry, candidates must be part of the Express Entry pool and meet the minimum CRS score requirements, which can vary depending on the specific category and stream within the program. The recent Express Entry draw, along with the ongoing series of draws conducted by IRCC, reinforces Canada’s status as a welcoming and diverse nation. Express Entry continues to provide a pathway for skilled individuals to make Canada their new home, contributing to the country’s growth and prosperity.