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IRCC invites 1,040 Express Entry candidates in latest draw

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued invitations in the latest Express Entry draw.

The department invited 1,040 candidates in a general draw.

Candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 543.

It was the second draw of 2024 following the draw on January 10 which invited 1,510 candidates in a general draw for candidates from all Express Entry managed programs. Candidates needed a minimum CRS score of 546 to be considered.

The latest draws follow a busy December in which IRCC invited candidates in seven separate Express Entry draws throughout the month. Two were all-program draws and the remaining five were category-based selection draws for Express Entry candidates who met the eligibility criteria for French language proficiency as well as trades, transport, STEM, agriculture and agri-food occupations.

Throughout 2023, IRCC held 42 Express Entry draws. The majority (19) were all-program draws (now called general draws). IRCC also invited candidates in 17 category-based selection draws between late June and December. Finally, five draws considered only Express Entry candidates who were nominated through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), and one draw for Federal Skilled Worker candidates only.

It is difficult to predict how Express Entry results will shape up throughout 2024. IRCC has moved away from a predictable frequency of draws and there is no way to know what the draw types will be.

However, according to the Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026, the department aims to admit up to 110,770 new permanent residents to Canada in 2024 and will need to issue enough ITAs to also help meet the 2025 admissions target of 117,500. Many of these invitations will be issued in 2024 because it takes IRCC up to six months to process an Express Entry application.

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