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April 10, 2024

Express Entry: IRCC invites 1,280 candidates in first April draw

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued invitations to candidates in the first Express Entry draw of April.

The department issued 1,280  invitations to apply (ITAs) in a general draw.

Candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 549 to be considered.

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Today’s draw is the first of the month following four draws throughout March.

General draws occurred on March 12 and 25. The draw on March 12 issued ITAs to 2,850 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 525. The March 25 draw invited 1,980 candidates with a score of 524.

The two category-based selection draws had notably lower CRS scores. On March 13, IRCC invited 975 candidates in transport occupations and a minimum CRS score of 430.

The final draw of the month, on March 26, invited 1,500 candidates eligible under the category for French language proficiency. Candidates required a minimum CRS of 388, which is still the highest minimum score for this category so far in 2024. Two other French proficiency draws this year had minimum CRS scores of 336 and 365.

Summary of Express Entry draw results in 2024

DateDraw TypeNumber of ITAsMinimum CRS
March 26French language proficiency1,500388
March 25General1,980524
March 13Transport occupations975430
March 12General2,850525
February 29French language proficiency2,500336
February 28General1,470534
February 16Agriculture and agri-food occupations150437
February 14Healthcare occupations3,500422
February 13General1,490535
February 1French language proficiency7,000365
January 31General730541
January 23General1,040543
January 10General1,510546

What is category-based selection?

Category-based selection draws were introduced in May 2023 as a means for IRCC to better target Express Entry candidates with in-demand skills or human capital attributes.

The department introduced six categories in 2023 and confirmed earlier this year that the same categories will be used throughout 2024. They are:

Healthcare occupations
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
Trades occupations, such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors
Transport occupations
Agriculture and agri-food occupations
Strong French proficiency

Candidates must already have an application in the Express Entry pool to be considered for category-based selection.

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is an application management system for three of Canada’s most prominent economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

Through these programs, applicants are evaluated based on their human capital factors such as their work experience, occupation, language ability, age and education.

Each factor is assigned a score and added together for a final Comprehensive Ranking System score. Those with the highest scores are the most likely to receive an invitation to apply for permanent resident status.

One of the major benefits of Express Entry is, as the name implies, that a candidate’s final applications for PR will be processed more quickly than other economic immigration programs. IRCC has a published service standard of six months for 80% of all Express Entry applications. The remaining 20% may take longer in complex cases.

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