Since July 6, the CRS has decreased in each of the ten all-program draws.
On November 9, Canada held its most recent all-program Express Entry draw.
Since all program draws resumed on July 6, this is the tenth draw. A minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 494 was required for invitations to be sent out to 4,750 candidates by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program all sought qualified applicants (FSTP). All of these initiatives work with the Express Entry framework.
All Express Entry program draws were put on hold for more than 18 months beginning in December 2020. Only those who qualified for the CEC or the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) received invitations to apply throughout the hiatus (ITAs). Due to a backlog of applications brought on by COVID-19-related travel restrictions, the draws were put on hold. The IRCC also stopped holding lotteries for the CEC in September 2021.
In line with the draw that was held on October 26, 4,750 candidates have been invited this time around. The smallest drop since all-program draws resumed was also seen in the minimum CRS, which dropped from 496 to 472 points.
Express Entry Invitations' Breakdown:
Since draws resumed on July 6, according to data that CIC News has got from IRCC, ITAs have been given across all Express Entry programs. Express Entry has issued invitations to 26,250 candidates in total.
13,774 of them—the majority—come from the CEC. Candidates for this program must already have lived or worked in Canada for at least a year before submitting their application, and they must also have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 5 for NOC B employment or a CLB score of 7 for NOC skill level 0 or A positions.
The FSWP candidates (6,154) and Express Entry applicants through the PNP (6322) are split nearly evenly among the remaining invitations. Under the FSTP, no candidates have been invited.
Plan for Immigration Levels 2023–2025:
IRCC published the Immigration Levels Plan 2023–2025 on November 1. This sets goals for the number of immigrants who will be granted permanent resident status and serves as the general framework for immigration programs across all business sectors. By the end of 2025, the 2023–2025 plan hopes to have welcomed 500,000 new permanent residents to Canada annually.
Through Express Entry, 82,880 immigrants will be granted permanent residency in Canada in 2023. The goal is 109,020 for 2024 and 114,000 for 2025 or about one-fifth of Canada's overall immigration goals. These goals demonstrate how crucial economic immigration is to Canada in light of the country's persistent labor shortage. Up to 90% of Canada's labor force growth and about 75% of population growth are attributed to immigration.
Only the PNP's targets are higher for economic immigration programs than those for Express Entry candidates.