3rd Express Entry Draw of The Week | 3,750 Candidates Invited

3rd Express Entry Draw of The Week | 3,750 Candidates Invited

Samuel Francis Gills Published:
July 06, 2024

In the second Express Entry draw of the week, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released 1,800 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in a category-based selection draw for trads occupations. Candidates needed a minimum of 436 points on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to have received invitation in this draw.

The draw was the first category-based selection and trade occupation draws since April 24 and December 2023, respectively. This week's draw only considered candidates in the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) category and selected a total of 920 applicants with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 739.

Since the beginning of this year, program-specific draws have become popular. Out of the four draws conducted by the IRCC since May 30, three were for PNP candidates. Only applicants through Express Entry aligned skilled migration programs like CEC, FSWP, or FSTP are considered. Candidates are only eligible for PNP-only draws if they have been nominated through an upgraded process known as enhanced nomination linked with Express Entry.


Since May 2023, category-based selection draws had not taken place until recently. The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is working to control Canada's high numbers of temporary residents by providing additional opportunities for them to become permanent residents (PR). This should help reduce the country's temporary resident (study permit, work or a visit visa) population while meeting the country’s Immigration Levels Plans objectives.

Express Entry – a brief synopsis

In 2015, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced the Express Entry selection system, focusing on applicants with strong human capital traits to fast-track applications from the CEC, FSWP, and FSTP categories. Express Entry uses the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to evaluate applicants based on factors like age, work experience, language skills, and occupation. A higher CRS score increases the chance of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in future draws. Express Entry draws come in various forms and include program-specific, category-based, and general draws. All applicants are considered in general draws, regardless of their program or employment type.

What does Category-Based Selection Encompass?

The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced category-based selection draws in 2023 to discover Express Entry candidates with in-demand skills for work in Canada and help increase the country's French-speaking demographic.

Under this new category, IRCC classifies ITA eligibility under six categories:

  • healthcare,
  • STEM jobs,
  • trade professions,
  • transportation,
  • agriculture, and
  • French language proficiency.

Check if you qualify for Express Entry. Check out our Settlement Resources to learn how to find employment in Canada, making your initial days stress-free, etc.

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