Express Entry's Performance | An Overview of September Month

Express Entry's Performance | An Overview of September Month

Ninan Lawrence Published:
October 13, 2023

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held multiple Express Entry selection draws, issuing thousands of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in the month of September. In the latest selection round [in Sep; not Oct], the department issued 500 invitations to candidates who demonstrated proficiency in the French language. To be eligible for an ITA, candidates needed to achieve a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 472. On September 20, IRCC had held a draw that was specific to people working in transport-related occupations. Read the full article here.

On September 19 as well as September 26, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) had held All-Program Express Entry draws, selecting 3,200 and 3,000 candidates respectively. All-Program Express Entry draws are not specific to any immigration program or stream, and everybody in the pool becomes eligible.

Overview of Express Entry Draw Outcomes from June 2023 Onward


Categories-based Express Entry selection – a brief overview

On May 31 2023, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced six fresh categories for potential inclusion in category-based selection rounds within the Express Entry selection system. Among these categories, one is tailored for Express Entry candidates with strong French language skills, while the remaining five are designed for candidates with work experience in specific sectors. These sectors are:

  • Healthcare

  • STEM professions

  • Trades

  • Transport

  • Agriculture and agri-food

On June 28, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) initiated the first batch of category-based selection invitations, targeting candidates with healthcare professional backgrounds. Subsequently, there have been additional draws for candidates in STEM professions, trade occupations, and those with proficiency in the French language.  

What is Express Entry & how does it work?

Express Entry  is an electronic selection system used by the Federal as well as Provincial governments of Canada [to select], as well as designated Canadian employers [to nominate] candidates for Canadian permanent residence under three of its popular economic [skilled] immigration programs:

Candidates eligible for any of the above programs are given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in the Express Entry selection system. This score [CRS score] is based on various factors. Core/Human capital factors such as age, work experience, education; spouse factors, etc. And, based on scores, candidates are periodically invited (or nominated) for permanent residence.  

Candidates awaiting an Invitation to Apply (ITA) through ‘Category-Based Selection’ must still be part of the Express Entry selection system, and it is highly beneficial to maximize their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score since IRCC will continue to rank candidates against each other based on their CRS scores. IRCC has emphasized that these new categories serve the dual purpose of addressing critical job vacancies in high-demand sectors of Canada’s workforce and contributing to the strengthening of the country’s economy. The selection of these categories followed consultations with provincial governments, business associations, and other partners and stakeholders within the IRCC network.  

Contact us today to know if you qualify for Express Entry. Check out Owlspriority Immigration’s Canada Settlement Resources to learn about finding employment in Canada, making your initial days stress-free, etc.

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