According to a recent update from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the fifteenth Express Entry draw of 2023 has just been held. The issuance of 4,300 invites in an all-program draw by IRCC serves as another affirmation of its dedication to luring qualified individuals who are in line with the country’s economic objectives.
To qualify in this draw, candidates needed at least a CRS score of 486. Following the draw on June 8, this was the second all-program draw this month. The draw needed a minimum CRS cut-off score of 486 and attracted 4,800 candidates in the fourteenth all-program draw.
It is also important to note that in the first Express Entry draw of June, a substantial number of candidates received the coveted invitations. To be eligible, candidates needed to attain a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 486. It is important to note that this requirement represents a slight reduction compared to the previous draw on May 24, which demanded a minimum CRS score of 488. Comparatively, the minimum CRS score for the April 26 all-program draw was 483.
Additionally, the IRCC has added six additional category-based selection criteria, opening the door for applicants with certain qualities to start a new path.
IRCC’s Category-Based Selection Draws
IRCC recently launched six new category-based selection criteria that are only applicable to Express Entry applicants. When creating these categories, the specialized characteristics to achieve economic ambitions, such as work experience in a particular field like transportation, agriculture, research, technology, and healthcare, were specifically taken into consideration. The sixth category favors applicants with advanced French language skills, highlighting Canada’s dedication to linguistic diversity. Under this new procedure, invitations to apply (ITAs) will be granted to Express Entry candidates who meet the category requirements after they have been scored and reviewed. However, IRCC will continue to conduct all-program draws and program-specific draws as needed, ensuring a comprehensive approach to immigration selection.
An Overview of Six New Categories
The category-based selection system is now applicable to 82 occupations. On May 31, IRCC declared that it would start holding lotteries for Express Entry applicants who fit into six additional categories later in the summer. These are the categories:
- Health – Nearly half of all vocations eligible for category-based selection are in the healthcare sector.
- Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers, comprise a large percentage of the labor force as well.
- Transportation, and trades, such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors
- Agriculture and agribusiness;
- carpentry, plumbing, and construction; and
- strong French language skills; and
According to IRCC, the categories were decided upon after consultations with the provinces, territories, and other interested parties. The results of the draws and their success will be included by IRCC in its yearly report to parliament. According to the agency, categories are subject to change annually.
Understanding Express Entry
The Express Entry system was launched in 2015 and since then this pathway has revolutionized Canada’s immigration approach by inviting high-skilled economic applicants to Canada. The system employs the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to assess candidates from the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. The system evaluates candidates using a comprehensive ranking system (CRS) based on human-capital factors such as work experience, occupation, language proficiency, education, age, and other transferable skills and the highest CRS scores are most likely to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent