IRCC issues ITAs to Express Entry candidates in second draw this week

The department issued 1,500 invitations to apply (ITAs) in a category-based selection draw for French language proficiency. Candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 388.

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Yesterday’s draw was general (meaning candidates were considered from all Express Entry programs, regardless of their eligibility for category-based selection) and invited 1,980 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 524.  This represented a one-point decrease from the last general draw on March 12 in which 2,850 candidates with a minimum CRS of 525 received ITAs.   There has been one other draw this month. On March 13 IRCC held a category-based selection draw for candidates in transport occupations. The department invited 945 candidates with a 430 minimum CRS score. 

Summary of Express Entry draw results in 2024

Date Draw Type Number of ITAs Minimum CRS
March 26 French language proficiency 1,500 388
March 25 General 1,980 524
March 13 Transport occupations 975 430
March 12 General 2,850 525
February 29 French language proficiency 2,500 336
February 28 General 1,470 534
February 16 Agriculture and agri-food occupations 150 437
February 14 Healthcare occupations 3,500 422
February 13 General 1,490 535
February 1 French language proficiency 7,000 365
January 31 General 730 541
January 23 General 1,040 543
January 10 General 1,510 546

What is category-based selection?

Category-based selection draws were introduced in May 2023, as a means for IRCC to identify Express Entry candidates with the in-demand skills and attributes and issue ITAs. The department created six categories that will remain in place throughout 2024. They are:
  • Healthcare occupations
  • Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
  • Trades occupations, such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors
  • Transport occupations
  • Agriculture and agri-food occupations
  • Strong French proficiency
The categories reflect many of Canada’s acute labour shortages as well as IRCC’s mandate to promote the French language outside of Quebec. French-speaking candidates have received the highest number of ITAs since the categories were introduced.

What is Express Entry

Express Entry is an application management system for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program. Candidates from all programs are ranked against each other within the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The system assigns points to candidates based on their human capital attributes such as language ability, education, occupation, work experience and age. Those who obtain the highest overall scores are the most likely to receive an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent resident status to IRCC. Once a candidate submits their final application to IRCC, they should receive a final decision within six months (the department’s published service standard).

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