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Canada holds first Express Entry draw since October 2023

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has invited candidates in the most recent Express Entry draw.

The department issued 4,750 invitations to apply (ITAs) in an all-program draw.

Candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 561 to be considered.

This is the first draw since October 26. On November 14 IRCC tweeted that some applicants were experiencing issues using the Express Entry Profile Builder and are unable to submit their application.

On November 16, the department followed up with a tweet saying the issue has been resolved. It's unclear it was the reason for the extended gap in draws.

In the most recent draw, 3,600 candidates were issued ITAs on October 26 in a category-based selection draw for healthcare occupations. Candidates required a minimum CRS score of 431.

There were two additional draws the same week. On October 25, IRCC invited 300 candidates in a category-based selection draw for those who demonstrate French-speaking proficiency. They needed a minimum CRS score of 486 to be considered.

The remaining draw took place on October 24. IRCC issued invitations to 1,548 candidates in a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)-only draw. Candidates required a minimum score of 776. Express Entry candidates who are nominated through the PNP automatically receive an additional 600 CRS points, which causes the minimum CRS for this type of draw to be higher.

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