IRCC Resumes All-Program Draws and Expects Additional Category Selections
Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has resumed its all-program Express Entry draws, issuing 700 invitations to apply (ITAs) to candidates from all Express Entry programs. This draw, which took place on the first day of July, marks a return to normalcy for IRCC after a series of category-based selection draws in June.
The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cut-off for invited candidates in this draw was 511, which is higher than the previous CRS cut-off for all-program draws. This increase suggests a more competitive pool of candidates vying for permanent residency in Canada.
While this draw signals a return to the usual process, IRCC has also announced new changes to the Express Entry system. On June 28th, a category selection draw took place for the first time in Express Entry’s history, specifically targeting healthcare professionals. In this draw, 500 ITAs were issued to healthcare professionals in the federal Express Entry pool.
Following the success of the healthcare category selection draw, two more category-based selection draws are expected this week. These upcoming draws will target STEM professionals and healthcare professionals once again. It is projected that 1,500 ITAs will be issued to healthcare professionals in total. This new approach allows Canada to address key labor and cultural needs through immigration means.
In addition to the healthcare and STEM categories, there are four other targeted categories under this new policy: Trades such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors; transportation workers; agriculture and agri-food workers; and candidates with strong French language proficiency. These categories aim to attract skilled individuals in areas where there is a demand for talent.
Despite these changes, the regular functioning of Express Entry managed programs has not been affected. On June 27th, just before the introduction of category-based selection draws, an all-program Express Entry draw took place, issuing 4,300 ITAs to candidates with a minimum CRS score of 486.
Express Entry is a system of economic immigration programs that have been a primary pathway for economic immigration in Canada since its introduction in 2015. The system consists of three programs designed to admit skilled newcomers to Canada. These programs are managed by the Express Entry system and issue ITAs for permanent residency to candidates in the federal pool with a sufficiently high CRS score.
As Canada continues to prioritize economic immigration and address labor market needs, the Express Entry system plays a vital role in attracting skilled individuals to contribute to the country’s growth and development.
In conclusion, IRCC’s decision to resume all-program draws demonstrates a return to normalcy in the Express Entry system. However, new changes that include category-based selection draws for healthcare professionals and STEM professionals indicate Canada’s commitment to addressing specific labor and cultural needs through immigration. As the country continues to welcome skilled individuals, the Express Entry system remains an essential pathway for economic immigration to Canada.