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In the fourth draw of the week, the IRCC invites candidates for Express Entry.

For the fourth Express Entry draw of the week, Invitations to Apply (ITAs) have been released by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). For the category-based selection draw for applicants in agriculture and agri-food occupations, the department asked 400 candidates to apply. To qualify for an ITA, candidates had to have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 386.


express entry draw in agriculture and agri-food occupations.

This week's three draws on December 18, 19, and 20 are followed by this one. A minimum CRS of 542 was required for 1,325 candidates to be accepted to the all-program draw on December 18.


The IRCC held its second category-based draw for trades vocations this year on December 19, inviting 1,000 candidates. Candidates have to have a CRS score of at least 425. August 3 was the day of the inaugural draw, at which 1,500 hopefuls were invited.

In the end, on December 20, the IRCC invited 670 applicants to participate in a category-based selection draw for jobs in transportation. A minimum CRS score of 435 was required of candidates.


Also, last week, the IRCC held three lotteries for candidates. A category-based selection draw for candidates in STEM occupations was conducted on December 8th, and invitations were sent to 5,900 candidates who met the minimum CRS requirement of 481. A category-based draw for candidates with French language competency was also held on December 7th, inviting 1,000 candidates with a minimum CRS of 470 from the Express Entry pool.


On December 6, there was an additional all-program draw for applicants who had at least a 561 CRS. It had been more than a month since the last draw. Before that, on October 26, there was a category-based selection draw for applicants seeking jobs in the healthcare industry.


Although the government tweeted on November 14 that there was an IT problem with the Express Entry profile builder for candidates who had received an ITA and were attempting to upload their final application to IRCC's website, IRCC did not confirm a reason for the brief suspension of draws.


On November 16, two days later, the department announced that the error had been resolved; however, contrary to expectations, drawings did not start up again right once.

The Immigration Levels Plan's targets for Express Entry candidates, IT problems, staffing adjustments, or improvements to the Comprehensive Ranking System are just a few of the numerous reasons why the IRCC could postpone an Express Entry draw.


Express Entry draw summary since June 2023:

Date

Draw Type

Number of ITAs

Minimum CRS

Trade occupations

1,000

425

All-program

1,325

542

STEM occupations

5,900

481

French language proficiency

1,000

470

All-program

4,750

561

Healthcare occupations

3,600

431

French language proficiency

300

486

PNP-only

1,548

776

All-program

3,725

500

Agriculture and agri-food occupations

600

354

French language proficiency

500

472

All-program

3,000

504

Transport occupations

1,000

435

All-program

3,200

531

All-program

4,300

496

Trade occupations

1,500

388

French language proficiency

800

435

All-program

2,000

517

French language proficiency

3,800

375

All-program

800

505

French language proficiency

2,300

439

Healthcare occupations

1500

463

STEM occupations

500

486

All-program

700

511

Healthcare occupations

500

476

All-program

4,300

486

All-program

4,800

486


Express Entry: What Is It?

Three well-known economic immigration programs are managed by the application management system Express Entry: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

Express Entry offers a score to candidates after evaluating them based on human capital aspects using the Comprehensive Ranking System. Work experience, language proficiency, education, age, and occupation are examples of human capital factors.


In a future Express Entry draw, the individuals with the highest cumulative points (CRS) stand the best chance of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.

An applicant can submit their application to the IRCC after receiving an ITA. The department's service standard for processing applications for Express Entry and rendering a final decision is six months.


What is selection based on categories?

The IRCC declared in May of last year that it would be inviting candidates for Express Entry through category-based selection rounds.


category based agri occupation express entry draw

The Immigration and Refugee Council of Canada (IRCC) is focusing on candidates in these new rounds who possess a particular, in-demand skill that the minister of immigration thinks will bolster Canada's labour force and economy. One of the six categories is for candidates for Express Entry who have a high level of proficiency in French. The remaining five are reserved for applicants with prior job experience in fields where there is a labour shortage in Canada, such as:


  • Healthcare;

  • STEM professions;

  • Trades;

  • Transport; and

  • Agriculture and agri-food


ITAs awarded during category-based selection rounds will be taken into account when calculating the Immigration Levels Plan targets for Federal High Skilled (Express Entry) employees. By the end of 2025, Canada will have admitted up to 114,000 new permanent residents annually through Express Entry over the course of the next three years.

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