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IRCC kicks off 2024 with Express Entry draw, issuing 1,510 ITAs

Highlights

  • Date: January 10, 2024
  • Type: General draw, meaning it considered candidates from all Express Entry programs (FSWP, CEC, FSTP)
  • Invitations issued: 1,510
  • Minimum CRS score: 546

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has conducted its first Express Entry draw of 2024. In the federal government’s first round of invitations issued in 2024, Canada’s immigration department issued 1,510 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in an all-program draw for eligible candidates from all three Express Entry-managed programs.

This is a positive sign for skilled workers hoping to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry. The relatively high number of ITAs issued suggests that IRCC is looking to welcome a significant number of new immigrants in 2024.

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is Canada’s application management system for three economic-class permanent residence immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Candidates who are eligible for any of these programs can create an online profile in the Express Entry pool. IRCC then assigns each candidate a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on a number of factors, including their education, work experience, language skills, and age.

Candidates with the highest CRS scores are then invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada.

What does this draw mean for Express Entry candidates?

The fact that IRCC conducted an all-program draw in January is a good sign for Express Entry candidates. It suggests that IRCC is looking to fill a variety of immigration needs in 2024.

The minimum CRS score for the January 10 draw was 546. This is relatively high, but it is still lower than the CRS scores that were required in some of the draws that were conducted in 2023.

If you are an Express Entry candidate, you should continue to monitor the draws and update your profile regularly. You should also make sure that you meet the eligibility requirements for the program or programs that you are interested in.

What are the next steps for Express Entry candidates?

If you received an ITA in the January 10 draw, you will have 60 days to submit your complete application for permanent residence. You can find more information about how to submit your application on the IRCC website.

If you did not receive an ITA in the January 10 draw, you should not give up. There will be more draws throughout the year, and you may be invited to apply in a future draw.

In the meantime, you can continue to improve your CRS score by improving your English or French language skills, gaining more work experience, or getting additional education.

Conclusion

The first Express Entry draw of 2024 is a positive sign for skilled workers hoping to immigrate to Canada. IRCC is looking to welcome a significant number of new immigrants in 2024, and there will be more opportunities for Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence throughout the year.

If you are an Express Entry candidate, you should continue to monitor the draws and update your profile regularly. You should also make sure that you meet the eligibility requirements for the program or programs that you are interested in.

With hard work and perseverance, you can achieve your dream of immigrating to Canada.

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