IRCC invites 730 candidates in a surprise Express Entry draw

By Joseph Parker [Published 01 Feb, 2024 | 05:27 AM] 716
IRCC invites 730 candidates in a surprise Express Entry draw

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has invited 730 candidates in a new Express Entry draw on January 31, 2024. Candidates required a minimum CRS score of 541 to be considered for an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

Express Entry Draw #281 - Results

Type of Draw: General

  • Number of invitations issued: 730
  • Rank required to be invited to apply: 730 or above
  • Date and time of round: January 31, 2024 at 15:18:02 UTC
  • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 541
  • Tie-breaking rule: July 15, 2023 at 10:52:08 UTC

If more than one candidate that was invited, has the lowest CRS score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they had submitted their Express Entry profile.

Invitations to apply to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) may be issued through this latest draw.

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Express Entry Draws in January

This was the third Express Entry draw conducted by IRCC in January. The previous invitation rounds were held on January 23 and January 10, 2024.

Draw No. Date
Round Type
No. of ITAs
Minimum CRS
280 January 23, 2024 General 1,040 543
279 January 10, 2024 General 1,510 546

These January draws follow a busy December in which IRCC invited candidates across seven separate Express Entry draws throughout the month. Throughout 2023, IRCC conducted a total of 42 Express Entry draws. These included:

  • 19 All-program draws,
  • 17 Category-based selection draws,
  • 5 Provincial Nominee Program-only draws, and
  • 1 Federal Skilled Worker Program draw

The January 31st draw came off as a surprise, as Express Entry draws are typically conducted at regular two-week intervals, on a Wednesday. The next Express Entry draw is expected to be conducted on February 07, 2024.

There is no one-size-fits-all type of profile, which is eligible for a Canada PR in an all-program Express Entry draw. Candidates applying under any of the Express Entry linked Canada PR pathways are ranked using the CRS score calculator.

The higher your CRS score, the more the chances of receiving an invitation to apply for Canada PR.

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