On July 11, 2023, the IRCC released the Express Entry Latest Draw results, inviting 800 candidates. It was an all-program draw with a minimum CRS score requirement of 505, 6 points lower than the previous draw on July 4, 2023. The candidates from the CEC, FSWP, and FSTP programs were included in this Latest Express Entry Draw.
July has been a remarkable month for Express Entry candidates, with four consecutive draws held from July 4-7. On July 4, an unexpected all-program draw invited 700 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 511, the highest requirement in 2023.
The anticipated draw on July 5 invited 500 candidates with STEM work experience and a minimum CRS score of 486. This draw was announced a week in advance.
On July 6, a category-based selection draw for healthcare professionals invited 1,500 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 463. The fourth draw on July 7 issued ITAs to 2,300 candidates with strong French-speaking abilities and a minimum CRS score of 439.
As of July 11, 2023, the Express Entry Pool consists of 209,263 candidates with 5,266 fewer candidates than the last General Express Entry Draw. These candidates are from the three primary economic immigration programs under the Express Entry system.
The introduction of category-based selection draws in the Express Entry system is a notable addition that aims to target candidates in specific occupational fields and those possessing in-demand skills. This new feature allows for a more targeted approach to selecting candidates.
There are six distinct categories that are now eligible for consideration: Healthcare, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professions, Trades, Transport, Agriculture and Agri-food, and individuals with strong French-language proficiency.
These category-based selection draws were made possible following changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in June 2022. These changes granted the immigration minister the authority to invite economic immigrants based on their specific skills, which align with Canada’s economic priorities or promote the French language outside of Quebec.
How to Increase Your CRS Score and Get an Invitation
Boosting your CRS score and receiving an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residency can be achieved through the following unconventional methods:
1. Targeted Express Entry: A Strategic Approach
Targeted Express Entry allows eligible candidates to apply at a lower CRS score. By consulting immigration experts for an eligibility assessment and guidance, you can optimize your profile and increase your chances of receiving an ITA. Our comprehensive Targeted Express Entry 2023 Guide provides detailed insights to help you navigate this pathway effectively.
Exploring provincial nominee programs tailored to your skills and qualifications can have a significant impact on your CRS score. These programs offer additional points and opportunities for permanent residency.
4. Study Permit and PGWP: Education Pathway to Permanent Residency
Obtaining a Canadian Study Permit Visa opens doors to work experience through the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program. This experience can ultimately lead to permanent residency through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
5. Visitor Visa to Work Permit: Seizing Work Opportunities
Transitioning from a visitor visa to a work permit offers a unique pathway to Canadian permanent residency. By securing employment with a Canadian company or exploring work opportunities through personal connections, you can unlock new possibilities. Dive into the details of this process in our informative article, Visitor Visa to Work Permit in Canada.
6. French Language Proficiency: The Advantage of Bilingualism
Proficiency in French can significantly boost your CRS score, adding up to 50 valuable points. Being a French-speaking candidate not only offers advantages in Targeted Express Entry Draws for Francophone immigrants but also opens up increased opportunities for permanent residency. Explore the benefits of bilingualism in our insightful analysis of the power of the French language.
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