Canada invites 3,000 candidates in latest Express Entry draw

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued Invitations to Apply (ITA) in a new Express Entry round of invitations today.

The department invited 3,000 candidates in an all-program draw. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score to receive an ITA was 504.

This draw follows multiple rounds during the week of September 18. IRCC invited 3,200 candidates on September 19 in an all-program draw. The following day, on September 20, it invited 1,000 candidates in the first-ever category-based draw for Express Entry candidates in a transport occupation.

Summary of Express Entry draw results since June 2023


Date Draw Type Number of ITAs Minimum CRS
Sept 26 All-program 3,000 504
Sept 20 Transport occupations 1,000 435
Sept 19 All-program 3,200 531
Aug 15 All-program 4,300 496
Aug 3 Trade occupations 1,500 388
Aug 2 French language proficiency 800 435
Aug 1 All-program 2,000 517
July 12 French language proficiency 3,800 375
July 11 All-program 800 505
July 7 French language proficiency 2,300 439
July 6 Healthcare occupations 1500 463
July 5 STEM occupations 500 486
July 4 All-program 700 511
June 28 Healthcare occupations 500 476
June 27 All-program 4,300 486
June 8 All-program 4,800 486


What is category-based selection

In May this year, IRCC announced that it would begin holding some draws for Express Entry candidates based on one specific attribute rather than their overall CRS score.

The introduction of categories was expected to take place this year following a change to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) in 2022 that gives the immigration minister the authority to select Express Entry candidates who are likely to help Canada meet its mandate to strengthen the economy and promote the French language outside of Quebec.

To that end, six new categories were created for in-demand occupations and newcomers with strong French-language abilities. The five occupation-based categories are:

• Healthcare;
• STEM professions;
• Trades;
• Transport; and
• Agriculture and agri-food

Since the first category-based draw for healthcare workers on June 28, IRCC has held draws in each of these categories except for Agriculture and agri-food. The highest number of category based ITAs (6,900) have been issued to candidates with strong abilities in French.

Those who wish to immigrate to Canada through category-based selection must be in the Express Entry pool and meet a minimum CRS score.

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