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Express Entry: Canada holds the first-ever category-based trades occupation selection.

In the most recent Express Entry draw for 2023, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have invited additional individuals. The government issued invitations to apply to 1,500 individuals in the first ever targeted category-based Express Entry lottery for candidates in the trades on August 3rd. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required was 388.

IRCC announced the first targeted draw for candidates with expertise in trades professions under Express Entry category-based selection on Monday, August 1st. Carpentry, plumbing, and welding are among the occupations included in the category, which will help Canada attract more people to its construction sector. To discover more about the various Express Entry categories and determine whether you are eligible for any of them.

A look at the most recent Express Entry results:

August 2nd:

On August 2nd, IRCC held a category-based draw for candidates with French proficiency, awarding 800 ITAs to those who met the category's minimum CRS score of 435. The previous draw for French speakers was held on July 12th.

August 1st

On August 1st, IRCC started all-program Express Entry draws, inviting 2,000 candidates from the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). This round's minimum CRS score was 517.

The first all-program Express Entry draw since July 11th took place on August 1st.

July 11-12

The IRCC invited 3,800 French-speaking applicants to apply for permanent residency through a category-based selection draw. They required a CRS score of at least 375. By a wide measure, the lowest CRS score for any Express Entry draw this year.

On July 11, 800 candidates having a minimum CRS score of 505 were invited to an all-program draw.

July 4-7

For the first time in Express Entry history, ITAs were given on four consecutive days during the first full week of July.

The draw on July 4 was an unexpected all-program draw, with 700 candidates invited. They required a minimum CRS score of 511, the highest of any all-program draw in 2023 thus far.

On July 5, the IRCC performed a previously announced category-based selection draw for candidates with job experience in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This was the first STEM draw after the criteria for category-based selection draws were revealed on May 31. IRCC welcomed 500 candidates having a CRS score of at least 486.

The draw on July 6th was also anticipated. In a category-based selection draw for healthcare professionals, IRCC invited 1,500 candidates with a CRS of 463 or above. This was the category's second round of invitations.

On July 7, 2,300 invites were granted to Express Entry candidates with strong French language skills and a CRS of 439 or above. The only category-based selection factor that is not occupation-specific is French-speaking ability.

June 27-28

In the last week of June, IRCC organized two draws. On June 27, an all-program draw was held, inviting 4,300 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 486.

The next day, the first-ever category-based invitation selection round was held. The IRCC invited 500 individuals with prior work experience in specific healthcare occupations. They required a CRS score of at least 476.


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