First express entry draw of 2024
IRCC invites candidates in the first express entry draw of 2024. A general draw was conducted and invited 1510 candidates with a minimum CRS score requirement of 546.
Since it is a general draw, all express entry candidates from the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) were invited.
There have been seven Express Entry draws in the month of December, more than any other month in 2023. The four most recent draws took place from December 18-21. On December 18, there was an all-program draw that invited 1,325 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 524. The remaining three draws were for candidates who met the criteria for category-based selection in one of six possible categories. On December 19, a category-based draw for trades occupations was held and 1,000 candidates were invited with a minimum CRS score of 425. On December 20, 670 candidates were invited in a category-based draw for transport occupations. The minimum CRS score requirement for this draw was 435. On December 21, 400 candidates in agriculture and agri-food occupations received ITAs, and a minimum CRS score of 386 was required.
There were also three draws held between December 6-8. The December 6 draw was an all-program draw, the December 7 draw was for candidates who were eligible under the category for French-language proficiency, and the December 8 draw invited candidates in STEM occupations.
The six-week pause that lasted from October 26 until the December 6 draw was broken by the December 6 draw. IRCC did not confirm a reason for the pause.
What to expect in 2024 Canada Express entry?
The Immigration Levels Plan for the years 2024 to 2026 has been released, which states that Canada will welcome 110,000 new permanent residents through Express Entry in 2024. This is a significant increase from the 82,880 Express Entry candidates that the IRCC had aimed to target in the year 2023. However, it is important to note that not all the candidates invited in 2024 will be admitted before the year ends. Some of them, especially those invited later in the year, will arrive in 2025. This is because the IRCC has a standard of six months to issue a final decision on Express Entry applications for permanent residency. In 2023, the IRCC issued over 100,000 invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Express Entry candidates.
Express Entry Program
Express Entry (EE) is an online system for immigration applications, providing individuals the opportunity to submit their profiles for consideration as skilled immigrants. The selection process prioritizes candidates with the highest rankings, who are subsequently invited to apply for permanent residency. The Express Entry Program was introduced by the Canadian Government in 2015 to tackle the skilled labor shortage in Canada. The old Canada Immigration System was slow and had a lot of backlogs. The sole purpose of the new system is to immigrate skilled professionals in a faster way. The Express Entry system has now become the most popular immigration system globally.
Category-Based Express Entry Draw
Sean Fraser, Canada’s former Immigration Minister, has announced the implementation of a category-based express entry draw targeting Express Entry candidates. These draws aim to attract a greater number of highly skilled professionals specializing in specific occupations that are in high demand within Canada.
The categories under the Express Entry Programs are:
- Healthcare occupations
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) occupations
- Trade occupations
- Transport occupations
- Agriculture and Agri-food occupations
- French-language proficiency
IRCC reviews these categories each year and may change them in the next year.
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