On 9th November, we all witnessed Canada hold its most recent all-program Express Entry draw, the tenth since 6th July when all-program draws resumed.
And did you know that 4750 candidates received invitations from IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)? And what’s more interesting is that the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for these invitations was 494. We bet you already know where the qualified candidates were invited from! All the programs operating under the Express Entry system, including;
- The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
- The Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
- The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
Let’s rewind to December 2020, when the Express Entry all-program draws paused for more than 18 months. Only if you were a candidate from the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) or CEC could you receive invitations to apply (ITAs) during this pause. If you are wondering why the draws were paused, here is why. COVID-19-related travel restrictions caused a backlog in applications. Unfortunately, we also saw IRCC pause the draws for CEC in September 2021.
Here is the Express Entry Invitations Breakdown
This latest Express Entry Draw consecutively and consistently followed the 26th October draw to issue invitations to 4750 candidates. But you also need to note the two points decrease in the minimum CRS, down from 496.
But since 6th July, when draws resumed, we obtained data showing how IRCC has issued invitations to apply across all Express Entry programs. Express Entry has helped 26,250 candidates receive these invitations. The majority, which totals 13,774 candidates, are from the Canadian Experience Class program, where the eligible ones already have more than one year of working or living in the country within 36 months of their application date.
And let’s remember that these eligible candidates in CEC also have a 5 Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score for NOC B jobs or a Canadian Language Benchmark score of 7 for NOC skill level 0 or A jobs.
While we are still waiting to see candidates receiving invitations under the FSTP program, FSWP and PNP split the remaining invitations into 6154 and 6322, respectively.