Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) completed an “all program” Express Entry draw this week for the first time since 2020.

Key Points:

  • On July 6, 1,500 candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of at least 557 were invited to apply for permanent residency regardless of their designated migration program.
  • Individuals who receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) must apply within 60 days in order to be considered.
  • Details on the most recent draw are available here.

Background: The Express Entry systems prioritizes candidates in in the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee programs based on a CRS score that considers factors such as current job offer, education, skills, work experience and age, among others.

For much of the COVID-19 pandemic, IRCC relied on program-specific draws to target individuals who were more likely to be in Canada already. This led to an increased number of foreign nationals with high-ranking CRS scores in the Express Entry pool, which helps explain the high cutoff score of 557 in this week’s draw.

BAL Analysis: The resumption of “all program” Express Entry draws marks a significant step toward more foreign nationals being able to apply for permanent residency; however, the Canadian government has yet to announce if and when it will conduct more draws. BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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