All-Program Express Entry Draw
The latest All-Program Express Entry draw held by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on August 15, 2023, issued a total of 4,300 Invitations to Apply (ITA) for Canadian Permanent Residency. This draw encompasses all four programs under the Express Entry system, namely the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and parts of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP).
All-Program Express Entry Draw #262
Express Entry Draw #262, conducted on August 15, 2023, witnessed the issuance of 4,300 ITAs. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required for eligibility in this draw was set at 496, which is 21 points lower than the previous all-program draw. The tie-breaking rule was implemented based on the date and time of submission of Express Entry profiles, with candidates who submitted before August 15, 2023, at 14:23:51 UTC receiving invitations.
Record-Breaking Year for ITAs
Canada is on track to issue a record number of ITAs by the end of this year. With 77,748 ITAs already issued in 2023, a significant increase compared to the 45,115 issued in 2022, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is projected to send out 125,566 ITAs by the year’s end. This trend surpasses the previous record of 114,431 ITAs in 2021 and 107,350 ITAs in 2020. The government’s ambitious plan aims to welcome 465,000 new permanent residents in 2023, followed by 485,000 in 2024 and 500,000 in 2025.
The Express Entry System and Programs
The Express Entry system is a mechanism used by the Canadian government to manage applications for Canadian permanent residency from skilled workers. It consists of three main programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Additionally, category-specific targets have recently been introduced, allowing draws for specific occupations and language proficiency requirements.
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW)
The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW) enables qualified foreign nationals from around the world to immigrate to Canada based on their ability to establish themselves successfully in the country. Candidates from 370 eligible occupations, meeting the minimum entry criteria, can submit their profiles to the Express Entry Pool.
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST)
The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST) offers permanent residence to skilled workers in specific trades categorized under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This program encompasses various occupations, including technical trades, transportation officers, general trades, supervisors in natural resources and agriculture, and processing supervisors.
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) recognizes the contributions made by candidates who have obtained education and work experience within Canada. By considering their significant time spent in the country and their impact on the Canadian economy, this program aims to facilitate their transition to permanent residency.
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)
The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) allow provinces and territories in Canada to nominate skilled workers who possess the necessary skills required by their local economies. Successful candidates who receive a provincial or territorial nomination can then apply for Canadian permanent residence through federal immigration authorities.
The All-Program Express Entry draw, which invited 4,300 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residency, marks another milestone in Canada’s ambitious immigration targets. With a record-breaking number of ITAs issued, the country continues to attract skilled workers from around the world. The Express Entry system, along with its various programs, ensures a streamlined and efficient process for assessing and selecting candidates based on their qualifications and potential contributions to the Canadian economy. As the year progresses, we can expect further invitations and a continued focus on welcoming newcomers to Canada.