March 2024 Express Entry Draw: 2,850 PR Invitations, CRS Cutoff 525

In the first Express Entry draw of March 2024, a total of 2,850 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residency were issued. The cutoff score for the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) was 525 points. As a result, all profiles in the Express Entry pool with a CRS score equal to or higher than 525 received invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residency. This draw reflects Canada’s ongoing efforts to attract skilled immigrants and contribute to its economic growth and diversity through its immigration programs.

Here is the comprehensive overview of the Express Entry draw conducted today:

  • Express Entry Draw 288
  • Date of Draw: March 12, 2024 at 15:58:07 UTC
  • Number of Invitations Issued: 2,850
  • Minimum CRS: 525
  • Program Specified:  General
  • Tie-breaking rule: March 12, 2024 at 15:56:42 UTC

In February, there were a total of six draws, resulting in invitations being extended to 16,110 candidates. The month commenced and concluded with draws targeting specific categories, focusing on individuals with proficient French language skills. The first draw occurred on February 1, inviting 7,000 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 365. The last draw, held on February 29, invited 2,500 candidates with a minimum score of 336, marking the lowest CRS score requirement in any draw thus far in the year.

The four intervening draws included two more category-specific draws. On February 14, 3,500 candidates in healthcare occupations were invited, requiring a minimum CRS of 422. Similarly, on February 16, 150 candidates in agriculture and agri-food occupations were invited with a minimum score of 437.

Additionally, two general Express Entry draws were conducted by IRCC in February. On February 13, 1,490 candidates were invited with a minimum score of 535, followed by another draw on February 28, where 1,470 candidates were invited with a minimum CRS score of 534.

The distribution of CRS scores within the pool prior to today’s Express Entry draw varied among candidates.
CRS score rangeNumber of candidates
The latest Express Entry draw included candidates from all eligibility categories.
DateDraw TypeNumber of ITAsMinimum CRS
March 12General2,850525
February 29French language proficiency2,500336
February 28General1,470534
February 16Agriculture and agri-food occupations150437
February 14Healthcare occupations3,500422
February 13General1,490535
February 1French language proficiency7,000365
January 31General730541
January 23General1,040543
January 10General1,510546

“Understanding Canada’s Express Entry System: A Pathway to Skilled Immigration”

The Express Entry system is an automated platform utilized to manage applications from skilled professionals seeking permanent residency in Canada. It encompasses three main programs:

  • The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • The Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Upon submitting an online profile, candidates’ eligibility for an Express Entry program is assessed by the federal government. Successful candidates are then placed into the Express Entry pool and assigned a ranking through the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

Candidates’ CRS scores are determined based on various factors including age, education level, professional background, language proficiency, among others.

Subsequently, the Canadian government selects the highest-ranked candidates from the Express Entry pool and issues them Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residency.

Additionally, Canada offers specific streams through which individuals with certain qualifications may be selected and issued ITAs.

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