Canada's Express Entry | Second Draw of February

Canada's Express Entry | Second Draw of February

Samuel Francis Gills Published:
February 15, 2024

In the latest Express Entry draw held on 13 February, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued invitations to apply (ITAs) to 1,490 candidates. It was a standard draw, and applicants needed a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 535 to be eligible to be invited.

The February 13 draw marked the fifth Express Entry draw of this year. Including this draw, a total of five draws have been conducted in the federal Express Entry system so far this year. Through these five draws in this year, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has invited a cumulative total of 11,770 candidates to apply for Canadian Permanent Resident (PR). IRCC conducted five draws in 2024 thus far. The first was conducted on January 10, inviting 1,510 candidates with a minimum CRS of 546 in a standard draw. The subsequent two draws, on January 23 and January 31, were also general draws, inviting 1,040 candidates with a minimum CRS of 543 and 730 candidates with a minimum score of 541, respectively. The largest draw of the year, so far, has been the one on February 1, inviting 7,000 candidates through a category-based selection draw targeting Express Entry candidates with French language proficiency.

A chart depicting the CRS cut-off scores for the last 10 EE draws

Source: Owlspriority Immigration internal, IRCC

The chart illustrates a noticeable pattern in the recent Express Entry draws conducted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), and this trend has been received with enthusiasm. There has been a decrease in the cut-off Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, in each separate category, resulting in a higher number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) being issued to eligible candidates. This adjustment has been made to ensure that IRCC achieves its multi-year immigration target for 2024-26, aiming to welcome over 485,000 new immigrants by the end of 2024.

What is Express Entry (EE) and 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 Pool. It is based on their Core/Human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and language ability in English and/or French, etc. And, based on scores, candidates are periodically invited (or nominated) for permanent residence.

 

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

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