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Express Entry New Draw: A Surprising Turn of Events


We are Ansari Immigration, Vancouver's leading immigration consultancy firm, dedicated to providing you with the latest news and updates on Canada's immigration policies. In this blog post, we will analyze the recent Express Entry draw and its implications for prospective immigrants.

An Unexpected Express Entry Draw: What's The Latest?

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently invited 700 candidates in its latest Express Entry draw. And guess what? It was an all-program draw requiring a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 511. What's intriguing about this draw is it's a significant surprise, as the current CRS score of 511 is the highest seen in any all-program draw in 2023.

Graph displaying the minimum CRS scores for the last eight Express Entry draws, highlighting the increasing trend and competitiveness in Canada's immigration process.

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Explained

The CRS is the system that the IRCC uses to rank eligible candidates in the Express Entry pool. Each candidate is assigned a CRS score out of a maximum of 1,200 points, based on a variety of factors:

  • Core Human Capital Factors: This considers elements such as age, education level, language proficiency in English and/or French, and Canadian work experience, awarding a maximum of 500 points for single applicants or 460 for those with a spouse or common-law partner.

  • Spouse or Common-law Partner Factors: If applicable, your spouse or partner's language proficiency, education, and Canadian work experience can earn you up to an additional 40 points.

  • Skill Transferability Factors: These are a combination of factors including education, foreign work experience, certificate of qualification in a trade, and more, which can add up to 100 points.

  • Additional Points: Additional points may be awarded for factors such as having a nomination from a Canadian province or territory, a valid job offer in Canada, or strong French language skills. This section can contribute up to 600 points.

Given the high CRS score of 511 in the latest draw, it signifies that the invited candidates had a strong profile, covering most of these factors effectively.

Why The Surprise?

Well, the answer is two-fold. Firstly, this draw came ahead of the announcement that IRCC plans to invite 1,500 healthcare workers via category-based selection tomorrow, July 5. Secondly, IRCC has hinted at inviting candidates with work experience in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) occupations in the first-ever category-based selection Express Entry draw for STEM professions. Yes, exciting times indeed!

Just last week, IRCC held the first-ever Express Entry category-based draw, inviting 500 healthcare workers with a minimum CRS score of 476. The current CRS score of 511 is notably higher than the last all-program draw on June 27, where 4,300 candidates were invited with a minimum CRS score of 486. It is also 35 points higher than the 476 required in the category-based draw on June 28.

Let's Talk About Category-Based Draws

The term 'Category-based draws' might seem new to some. These are a unique type of Express Entry draw introduced after changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in June 2022. These draws aim to invite candidates within specific occupational fields or those who possess other in-demand attributes. The six new categories include Healthcare, STEM professions, Trades, Transport, Agriculture and agri-food, and candidates with strong French-language proficiency.

Understanding the Six New Categories

Now let's look at the qualifications for the six new categories introduced in the category-based Express Entry draw:

  1. Healthcare: This includes physicians, nurses, and other health professionals. Relevant certification, professional experience, and potential job offers in Canada can boost your chances here.

  2. STEM Professions: Candidates with a background in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are in demand. Degrees, relevant work experience, and job offers in these fields can significantly increase your CRS score.

  3. Trades: Carpenters, plumbers, contractors, and other tradespeople are valued in Canada. A certificate of qualification in your trade from a Canadian province or territory can earn additional points.

  4. Transport: This category covers professions in the transportation industry, such as truck drivers or logistics coordinators. Work experience and job offers in this sector can enhance your CRS score.

  5. Agriculture and Agri-food: If you're experienced in agricultural operations or food processing, this category may be a good fit. Job offers in this sector and relevant work experience are beneficial.

  6. Strong French-language Proficiency: Proficiency in French can boost your score, especially if you're also proficient in English. A high score in an approved French language test can increase your chances significantly.

So, What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is an application management system employed by IRCC to select candidates for permanent residency based on their CRS score. Candidates are evaluated according to several attributes, such as work experience, occupation, language ability, education, age, and more. The system manages three programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.

Your Partner in Immigration: Ansari Immigration

Here at Ansari Immigration, we guide you every step of the way in your journey towards immigrating to Canada. Whether it's the Express Entry draw or understanding the different immigration programs, we're here to help! Interested in learning more about student visas and study permits? Curious about healthcare workers' immigration to Canada and inland sponsorships? Don't worry; we've got you covered. Explore our blogs for more insight into these topics and become well-equipped with all the necessary information.

Whether you're a healthcare professional, a STEM worker, or have any of the attributes Canada is eagerly looking for, we're here to help turn your Canadian dream into reality. We look forward to guiding you through your immigration process!

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