Canada has held its fourth all-program Express Entry draw since July 6.

IRCC issued 2,250 Invitations to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. The Comprehensive Ranking score (CRS) cut-off was 525. Express Entry is one of Canada’s most popular immigration pathways for skilled workers.

There was no program specified for this draw which means that candidates from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Federal Skilled Worker program (FSWP) were eligible to be invited.

Overall, 7,500 candidates have been issued ITAs since all-program draws resumed on July 6. The number of candidates invited has consistently increased by 250 with each draw while the minimum CRS score is steadily declining each week by eight or nine points. The current cut-off score is 33 points lower than the July 6 draw. Today’s CRS represents a decline of 8 points compared to the August 3rd draw.

All-program Express Entry draws were paused by IRCC for over 18 months. During this time, only candidates eligible for permanent residence under the CEC or the Provincial Nominee Program were invited to apply. However, CEC draws were also paused in September 2021.

The pause of the draws was in response to an overwhelming number of permanent residence applications submitted while the global COVID-19 pandemic was in full swing. During this time Canada’s border closed and travel regulations changed frequently.

Proposed Changes to Express Entry in 2023

Express Entry aims to target skilled workers who are best suited to helping close the gaps in Canada’s labour force by responding to labour market needs, including French language immigrants outside Quebec. Canada will welcome 55,900 new permanent residents through Express Entry in 2022 and this number will dramatically increase to 111,500 by the end of 2024.

By inviting candidates through Express Entry, IRCC can process applications more efficiently as the candidates have already met a baseline of eligibility, according to their CRS score. Now that draws have resumed, IRCC aims for a processing standard of six months for new applications.

However, IRCC is planning to hold Express Entry draws that target specific occupations in the future, rather than relying solely on a CRS score.

“The goal is really to maximize the contribution that a newcomer can make in their communities, so they’re set up for success when they arrive, but also that they’re going to meet the needs of the community where they’re going to reside,” said Canada Immigration Minister Sean Fraser. “I expect we’re going to see potential increase of retention rates have opened up because people are coming in where they know they have opportunities because that was the basis of their invitation to apply.”

Read more on Express Entry program here.

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