Express Entry: New all-program draw ITAs up, CRS down

After an 18-month absence, the IRCC organizes its second consecutive all-program draw.


On July 20, Canada sent an invitation to 1,750 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence. One of the primary methods used in Canada to welcome immigrants is Express Entry. Through Express Entry, Canada is scheduled to accept 55,900 immigrants in 2022, and by 2024, the goal will soar to 111,500.

If candidates had a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 542, they were asked to apply. Since there was no designated program for this draw, applicants from the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC) could potentially receive an invitation.


The minimum cut-off score was 577 for the previous all-program draw on July 6, therefore the new draw's CRS requirement is 15 points lower. In addition, Canada sent out 250 extra invitations in this draw than in the 1,500-invitation round before.



Since December 2020, the second Express Entry draw.

After an 18-month break, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) only invited applicants who were qualified for immigration through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or Provincial Nominee Program. This was the second all-program draw since July 6. (PNP).


No matter what program a candidate is qualified for, the IRCC takes into account their CRS when conducting an all-program Express Entry draw. Before the pandemic, the majority of Express Entry drawings were not program-specific, which meant that applicants who were eligible for any Express Entry program and satisfied with the minimal CRS had a chance to get an Invitation to Apply (ITA).


Approximately every two weeks between January 2021 and September 2021, the IRCC held PNP and CEC lotteries. Due to estimated application processing durations exceeding the six-month requirement, the IRCC stopped inviting CEC candidates after September 21, 2021.


Even though the IRCC is once again conducting all-program draws, additional modifications to the Express Entry system are on the way. Early 2023 is when the measures outlined in the recently enacted Bill C-19 are anticipated to take effect. Once in place, IRCC would be able to conduct targeted drawings and request applications from Express Entry candidates based on economic objectives. According to the demands of the labor market, applicants may be invited based on their profession, level of education, language proficiency, or other characteristics.