Canada is witnessing a dramatic shift in its Express Entry program, ushering in an era of new opportunities for potential immigrants. At Ansari Immigration, we have been closely monitoring these updates and are excited to share our insights with you. From the launch of new category-based selections to a record number of invitations being issued, the Express Entry landscape is evolving, and here's how.
Record Number of Invitations Issued
In a historic move, IRCC held four Express Entry draws in a single week, inviting a whopping 9,800 candidates over the course of two weeks. This comes on the back of the first-ever French category-based Express Entry draw, which prioritized 2,300 candidates with strong French-speaking abilities. With a CRS score of just 439, this draw had the lowest cut-off of 2023.
Emphasis on Healthcare, STEM, and Other Categories
The recent rounds of invitations have shown a clear focus on various professional categories. For instance, 1,500 invitations were issued to candidates with work experience in healthcare professions, signaling Canada's intent to fill urgent gaps in the labor force. In another first, a draw was held for candidates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions, which saw 500 invitations being issued.
IRCC has also introduced six new selection categories for 2023: Healthcare, STEM professions, Trades (carpenters, plumbers, contractors), Transport, Agriculture and agri-food, and Strong French-language proficiency. These categories, formulated after comprehensive discussions with provincial and territorial governments, as well as IRCC partners and stakeholders, are aimed at meeting the needs of Canada's economic priorities.
The Future of Express Entry in Canada
Looking ahead, IRCC's Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025 outlines a target to admit up to 82,880 newcomers through Express Entry by the end of 2023, with numbers potentially rising to 114,000 by the end of 2025. The new category-based selection process is expected to play a pivotal role in achieving these targets.
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At Ansari Immigration, we're more than just your typical immigration consultancy firm. We're your trusted partner, guiding you every step of the way on your journey to call Canada home. We have expertise across a variety of immigration areas, including student visas, study permits, healthcare, workers' immigration to Canada, and in-land sponsorships. We keep you updated on the latest immigration developments and provide personalized advice tailored to your unique needs.
The evolving landscape of Canada's Express Entry program presents numerous opportunities for prospective immigrants. To navigate these changes successfully and enhance your chances of achieving your Canadian dream, professional advice is key.
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