The First Express Entry draw was held by IRCC after one month. 3,200 invitations were issued to candidates in the all-program draw.
531 was the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) required to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Due to the introduction of category-based selection rounds of invitations, there were more Express Entry draws this summer than in previous years.
Since the most recent all-program draw on August 15 in which 4,300 candidates received ITAs, any draw has not taken place until September 19. There is no explanation for the pause in the draws on behalf of IRCC. IRCC confirmed on September 18 that it would resume Express Entry draws this week.
First Ever Category Based Draw for Transport Occupations
First ever category-based selection draw occurred for Express Entry candidates with work experience in a transport occupation. Due to an urgent labour shortage within this sector, IRCC is targeting transport occupations.
More Express Entry draws were held this summer as compared to previous years due to the introduction of category-based round of invitations. Since August 15, a draw has not taken place until this week in which 4,300 candidates received ITAs in an all-program draw.
What is Express Entry?
There are three most prominent economic pathways in Canada, the Federal Skilled Workers Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class. The application management system for all three programs is known as Express Entry.
Despite every program having different eligibility criteria, a Comprehensive Ranking System is used to evaluate candidates and rank them alongside each other. Scores are granted for individual human capital factors such as age, work experience, language ability, occupation, and education. Individuals with the highest CRS scores are the most likely to receive invitations to apply for PR status in Canada.
Some Express Entry candidates who got additional provincial nominations, are more likely to receive invitations. Additional 600 CRS points are automatically received by the Express Entry candidates who are also in the Provincial Nominee Program. Depending on the program or category, Express Entry draws have CRS scores ranging from 350-550 which is why additional score is advantageous.
Six new categories are introduced by IRCC that may be eligible for category-based selection Express Entry draws on May 31. One Express Entry draw was for candidates with strong French-speaking ability and the other five draws were for candidates who have work experience in sectors like health care, STEM Professions, trades, transport, and agriculture.
As stated by IRCC, new categories will help Canada fill urgent job vacancies in in-demand sectors to help the economy. The categories were chosen following discussions with business associations, provincial governments, other IRCC partners, and stakeholders.
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