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Latest Express Entry Draw: IRCC Invites More Candidates in April

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Canada continues to extend opportunities to aspiring permanent residents through Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry system. In the latest development, IRCC has completed another draw, issuing 2,095 invitations to apply (ITAs) during the third Express Entry draw of April. Here’s an in-depth analysis and explanation of this month’s draws and their implications for candidates.

A Breakdown of April’s Express Entry Draws

The most recent draw saw candidates requiring a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 529 to be considered. This is in line with the dynamic range of CRS score requirements dictated by the various draws conducted each month. Earlier in April, on the 10th and 11th, two other draws were organized which showed a significant variance in CRS scores; from a high of 549 on April 10, marking the highest minimum CRS score for any draw so far in 2024, to a focused draw for STEM occupations with a lower minimum CRS requirement of 491.

2024 Express Entry Draw Results – A Summary

Canada’s Express Entry program has continued to be a major pathway for skilled immigrants seeking permanent residence. In the year 2024, a variety of draws were conducted, targeting different candidate pools based on general eligibility, specific occupation demands, and French language proficiency. The table below summarizes the draw results, including the number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued and the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores required:

Date Draw Type Number of ITAs Minimum CRS
April 23 General 2,095 529
April 11 STEM occupations 4,500 491
April 10 General 1,280 549
March 26 French language proficiency 1,500 388
March 25 General 1,980 524
March 13 Transport occupations 975 430
March 12 General 2,850 525
February 28 General 1,470 534
February 16 Agriculture and agri-food occupations 150 437
February 14 Healthcare occupations 3,500 422

The Significance of Category-Based Selection

April’s draws have included the regular general draw and a category-based selection specifically aimed at STEM occupations. The premise behind category-based selection is to pinpoint candidates whose skills are especially needed in Canada’s labor market. Such draws exemplify IRCC’s adaptive nature towards immigration procedures, striking a balance between the economic needs and demographic goals of Canada.

Defining Express Entry for Economic Immigration

Express Entry is not just a pathway but a cornerstone for economic immigration to Canada, instrumental for processing applications under key programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). A profile submission on IRCC’s website leads candidates through a journey where factors such as age, education, work experience, language ability are quantified into CRS scores—deciding factors in receiving ITAs.

Keeping Up with Changes

It’s vital that potential applicants keep abreast of these developments within Canada’s immigration system. Understanding how factors like CRS scores influence their chances can inform strategies when applying through Express Entry.

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