Canada Immigration

Canada Invited 730 Candidates of ITAs In Latest Express Entry Draw

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for the latest Express Entry draw.

The Canada invited 730 candidates for a general draw.

Candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 541.

This draw follows the last draw on January 23, where 1,040 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 543 were invited to a general draw. The previous draw was held on January 10 and was also general and included 1,510 candidates with a CRS score of 546.

It is still too early in the year to predict how Express Entry draws will perform throughout 2024. In 2023, IRCC conducted 42 draws and issued ITAs to more than 110,000 candidates to help meet the 2023 and 2024 admissions targets set in the Immigration Tiers Plan.

Changes to Post Graduation Work Permits

Many Express Entry candidates gain the work experience required for their programs by working in Canada after graduating from a Canadian post-secondary institution. One of the most common work permits for new college graduates is the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).

On January 22, IRCC announced changes to the eligibility criteria for PGWPs. As of September 1, international students in a program at a private university that is part of a curriculum licensing agreement with a public university will no longer be eligible for a PGWP.

In addition, graduate-level students whose program is shorter than the required eight months are now eligible for a three-year PGWP. Currently, graduates are not eligible for a PGWP if their program is shorter than eight months and the period of validity of a PGWP is tied to the length of the graduate’s academic program. For example, a one-year program would be valid for a one-year permit.

This means more graduate-level students can gain enough work experience in Canada to apply for a place in the Express Entry application pool.

What is Express Entry?

The Express Entry application management system monitors applications from three of Canada’s major economic immigration programs; the Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

Candidates in these programs receive a score using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Ratings are based on human capital characteristics such as work experience, education, age, occupation and language skills. For example, a candidate between the ages of 20 and 29 will receive 100 CRS points and those aged 30 and above will receive less.

In May 2023, IRCC announced that it was introducing category-based selection processes for Express Entry candidates who can demonstrate that they have work experience in an in-demand occupation. One is aimed at candidates with a good knowledge of French and the remaining five categories are career-oriented:

  • Healthcare occupations
  • Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
  • Trades occupations, such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors
  • Transport occupations
  • Agriculture and agri-food occupations

Applying for Express Entry is a multi-step process. First, an applicant must assess for themselves whether they are suitable for an Express Entry program. All three Express Entry programs have different admission criteria.

The second step is to create a profile in the Express Entry pool and get a CRS score. From here, candidates must wait until they receive an invitation to apply for an Express Entry draw.

Once a candidate receives an ITA, they have 60 days to gather their documentation and submit their final application for permanent residency to IRCC.

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