CANADA ISSUED INVITATIONS IN THE FIRST EXPRESS ENTRY DRAW 2024.

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued invitations in the first Express Entry draw of the year.

The department invited 1,510 candidates to apply in a general draw.

They required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 546.

A general draw considers candidates from all Express Entry managed programs including the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). No occupations or other human capital attributes are targeted.

In contrast with the Express Section draw on December 18, 2023, the CRS cut-off score has increased by 4.

Moreover, the number of invitations increased from 1325 to 1510 when compared with the past all program draw on December 18, 2023.

Details of the Express Entry draw today

  • Number of invitations issued: 1,510
  • Rank required to be invited to apply: 1,510 or above
  • Date and time of round: January 10, 2024, at 16:59:13 UTC
  • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 546
  • Tie-breaking rule: December 31, 2023, at 18:23:22 UTC

Draw Types

Of the 42 draws in 2023, the majority were all-program draws that considered candidates from the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program and Canadian Experience Class. However, IRCC did not issue any ITAs to FSTP candidates in 2023.

In total, 19 Express Entry draws were all-program, 5 were PNP-only, one was FSWP-only and the remaining 17 were category-based selection draws.

CRS Score Range 

Recent IRCC data shows that ITAs in 2023 were issued to: 

  • 56,223 candidates with CRS scores ranging between 451 and 500.
  • 4,433 candidates with CRS scores ranging between 501 and 600.
  • 1,011 candidates with CRS scores ranging between 601 and 1200.

Based on the draw-type

Type of DrawDateLowest CRSDateHighest CRS
All-ProgramMarch 29481 (7,000 invitations)December 06561 (4,750 invitations)
Category-based selectionSeptember 28354 (600 invitations)July 05 and October 25486 (300+500 invitations)
Provincial Nominee ProgramMay 10691 (589 invitations)February 15791 (699 invitations)
Federal Skilled Worker ProgramFebruary 02489 (3,300 invitations)

The Rhythm of Draws

Express Entry draws in the first half of 2023 maintained a predictable frequency, occurring every two weeks. However, the introduction of category-based draws added an element of surprise. The latter half of the year witnessed a trend of concentrated draws, particularly in December, underscoring the adaptability of the system.

Summary of Express Entry draws since June 2023

DateDraw TypeNumber of ITAsMinimum CRS
Dec 19Trade occupations1,000425
Dec 18All-program1,325542
Dec 8STEM occupations5,900481
Dec 7French language proficiency1,000470
Dec 6All-program4,750561
Oct 26Healthcare occupations3,600431
Oct 25French language proficiency300486
Oct 24PNP-only1,548776
Oct 10All-program3,725500
Sept 28Agriculture and agri-food occupations600354
Sept 27French language proficiency500472
Sept 26All-program3,000504
Sept 20Transport occupations1,000435
Sept 19All-program3,200531
Aug 15All-program4,300496
Aug 3Trade occupations1,500388
Aug 2French language proficiency800435
Aug 1All-program2,000517
July 12French language proficiency3,800375
July 11All-program800505
July 7French language proficiency2,300439
July 6Healthcare occupations1500463
July 5STEM occupations500486
July 4All-program700511
June 28Healthcare occupations500476
June 27All-program4,300486
June 8All-program4,800486

Gearing Up for Express Entry 2024

A recent document called the Immigration Levels Plan 2024–2026 states that 110,000 new permanent residents will be admitted to Canada through Express Entry in 2024.

The IRCC sought admission for 82,880 Express Entry candidates in 2023. The department issued 110,266 ITAs from the first draw of the year on January 11 and the draw on December 21.

This does not imply that every applicant will be granted entry into Canada before the end of the year, since the IRCC may require up to six months to complete an Express Entry application. Many the 2023 ITAs will be considered admittance in 2024.

Processing times for Express Entry are renowned for being comparatively quick. For individuals seeking a speedy immigration process, it is an appealing choice because most applications are processed in less than six months. The fact that candidates from all around Canada can apply for Express Entry, regardless of the province or territory they choose to settle in, is one of its greatest benefits. You are not restricted by Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) in terms of where you can go.

Applying for a Canada PR visa now is the best option given the approaching record-breaking immigration targets and the back-to-back invitation rounds.

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