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Express Entry Draw #288 Recap: Did You Get Invited?

The Canadian government issued invitations to apply (ITAs) to 2,850 candidates through the Express Entry system on March 12, 2024. This draw (number 288) saw the lowest CRS score requirement for a general draw so far in 2024, dropping to 525 points.

Key details of the draw:

  • Draw number: 288
  • Draw date: March 12, 2024
  • Program: General (open to all Express Entry programs)
  • Number of ITAs issued: 2,850
  • Minimum CRS score: 525
  • Tie-breaking rule: Candidates with a CRS score of 525 were selected based on the date and time their Express Entry profile was submitted (earlier profiles were chosen).

Express Entry is a system used by Canada to manage applications for permanent residence from skilled workers. Candidates are ranked based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) that considers factors like work experience, education, age, and language skills.

This news is likely encouraging for those hoping to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry. The lower CRS requirement indicates a potentially increased chance of receiving an ITA in upcoming draws.

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Draw Highlights:

  • Open to All: This draw was a general draw, meaning candidates from all Express Entry programs were eligible.
  • Increased Invitations: Good news! Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a significant number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) – a total of 2,850.
  • Lower CRS Requirement: The minimum CRS score needed for this draw dropped to 525 points. This is the lowest general draw CRS requirement we’ve seen this year! (CRS Explained: The Comprehensive Ranking System assigns points based on factors like work experience, education, age, and language skills. A higher score generally increases your chances of receiving an ITA.)

Did You Receive an Invitation?

If you had a CRS score of 525 or higher and submitted your Express Entry profile before March 12, 2024, at 3:56:42 UTC, you might have received an ITA. A tie-breaking rule was implemented for candidates with a CRS of 525, prioritizing those who submitted their profiles earlier.

What This Means for You:

This draw is a positive sign for those with Express Entry profiles. A lower CRS requirement suggests there might be fewer candidates in upcoming draws, potentially increasing your chances of receiving an ITA in the future.

Next Steps for Canadian Immigration Aspirations:

  • Check Your CRS Score: Head to the official IRCC website and use their CRS tool to calculate your score. This will give you a clearer picture of where you stand.
  • Explore Programs: The Express Entry system encompasses various programs. Research each program’s requirements to see which one best aligns with your profile.
  • Consider Professional Help: Immigration consultants can provide valuable guidance throughout the complex immigration process.


The information contained on this blog post is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. And the information provided on this blog should not be construed as professional advice.

While I strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information, I cannot guarantee that all information is complete or error-free. You should always consult with a qualified professional before making any decisions based on the information contained on this blog post.

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