On June 27, 2023, IRCC held the 15th Express Entry draw of 2023. A total of 4,300 candidates were invited in an all-program draw. The minimum CRS score required was 486, the same as the previous draw held on June 8, 2023. The candidates from the CEC, FSWP, and FSTP programs were included in Express Entry Latest Draw.
IRCC usually holds Express Entry draws on Wednesdays, but this time they surprised everyone by having one on Tuesday. Additionally, they had a draw on Thursday, June 8, which was not the usual day. People were expecting another draw on June 21, but it happened today instead. These changes in the draw dates have caused confusion and uncertainty among applicants.
82 Eligible Occupations for Targeted Express Entry Draws
IRCC has recently introduced new selection categories for Express Entry candidates, which align with Canada’s economic goals. This update follows the passing of Bill-C19, granting the immigration minister the authority to invite candidates with specific criteria. While targeted draws were expected, the official criteria were not disclosed until now. Here are some key details about the new selection categories:
Who is eligible?
Express Entry candidates will be eligible for the new draw categories if they have work experience in the following fields:
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
Trades, such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors
Agriculture and agri-food
Strong French language proficiency (at least NCLC 7 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking)
Targeted draws under these categories are set to begin in the upcoming summer, but an exact date is yet to be announced.
Express Entry Profile Requirement
Candidates working in eligible occupations still need to meet the eligibility criteria for an Express Entry managed program. These programs include the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trades Program.
Importance of CRS Score
The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score will continue to be relevant in Express Entry draws. IRCC will conduct draws that invite candidates without considering the new categories. These draws may be all-program or program-specific.
By implementing these new selection categories, IRCC aims to attract candidates with specific skills and experience that contribute to Canada’s economic growth.
6 Ways to Boost Your CRS Score and Get an Invitation
Here are six unconventional methods to increase your CRS score and receive an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residency in Canada.
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Proficiency in French adds up to 50 points to your CRS score. French-speaking candidates have an advantage in Targeted Express Entry Draws and increased opportunities for permanent residency.
Note: The Canada Immigration Levels Plan 2023–2025 reserves over 4% of the immigration quota for Francophone immigration, highlighting the benefits of being a French-speaking candidate in the Express Entry system.
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