The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have recently conducted their latest Express Entry draw, inviting 3,725 candidates to apply. These draws are an essential part of the Canadian immigration process, determining who is eligible to apply for permanent residency in Canada.
A Diverse Selection
In this draw, candidates were required to have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 500 to receive an invitation to apply (ITA). The CRS score considers various factors like work experience, language proficiency, age, and education.
An Inclusive Opportunity
This draw comes after a series of consecutive draws held in the week of September 25. The first of these draws took place on September 26, inviting 3,000 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 504 in an all-program draw. This means that candidates from all programs were considered for an invitation, making it an inclusive opportunity.
French Proficiency Takes Center Stage
The second draw, conducted on September 27, was category-based and focused on candidates with French-speaking proficiency. To receive an ITA in this category, candidates needed a minimum CRS score of 472.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Opportunities
The third and final draw of the week occurred on September 28 and invited 600 candidates. This draw was unique as it was the first-ever category-based selection for candidates in agriculture and agri-food occupations. These candidates needed a minimum CRS score of 354.
A Comprehensive Overview of Recent Draws
The most significant aspect of this latest draw is that it signifies that IRCC has now invited candidates from all six new categories eligible under category-based selection. This approach allows Canada to tailor its immigration system to meet specific economic priorities and requirements.
Diversity in Express Entry Draws
In a comprehensive summary of Express Entry draw results since June 2023, the diversity of the programs is evident. These draws include categories such as transportation occupations, trade occupations, French language proficiency, healthcare occupations, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) professions. The minimum CRS scores for these draws varied, reflecting the different attributes prioritized by the Canadian government for each category.
Year-End Report for 2022
One noteworthy observation is that this draw structure allows candidates from various backgrounds and expertise to have a chance at becoming permanent residents of Canada. Express Entry serves as a gateway for skilled workers to join the Canadian workforce and contribute to the country’s economic growth.
In addition to the draw results, the IRCC recently released a year-end report for Express Entry in 2022. It revealed that there were 24 Express Entry draws conducted throughout the year, resulting in 46,539 ITAs issued. However, this number was considerably lower than the 2021 figures when 114,431 ITAs were issued. This substantial difference can be attributed to the pause in Express Entry draws for Federal High Skilled programs between September 2021 and July 2022.
Preference for Provincial Nominee and Experience Classes
The report also indicated that most Express Entry ITAs in 2022 were issued to candidates in the Provincial Nominee Program (19,258) and the Canadian Experience Class (18,895). The remaining 8,386 ITAs were issued to candidates under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Surprisingly, no Express Entry candidates were invited through the Federal Skilled Trades Program in 2022.
Occupations in Demand
The report shed light on the most common occupations that received ITAs, which included software engineers, designers, information systems specialists, computer systems developers, and programmers. Food service supervisors and cooks were also among the frequent recipients of ITAs.
Over 30,000 of the ITAs issued in 2022 went to residents of Canada. For the remaining ITAs, candidates from India (3,787) and Nigeria (1,730) were the primary recipients, reflecting Canada’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in its immigration system.
Efficient Path to Permanent Residency
IRCC aims to process 80% of all Express Entry applications within six months, allowing candidates to achieve their dreams of permanent residency in Canada quickly. This efficient system ensures that Canada continues to welcome skilled individuals who can contribute to its economy and enrich its multicultural fabric.