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BREAKING: IRCC holds first-ever Express Entry STEM draw

IRCC has issued a second round of Express Entry invitations this week.  This time, it was for candidates who are eligible for category-based selection in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) occupations. In total, 500 candidates were invited. Candidates required a minimum CRS score of 486. This draw was expected as last week IRCC announced that the first-ever […]

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BREAKING: Canada holds first-ever category-based Express Entry draw for healthcare workers

IRCC has invited 500 healthcare workers under the new Express Entry category-based selection draws. Candidates required a minimum comprehensive ranking system (CRS) score of 476. This is the very first category-based selection draw since the six new categories were announced on May 31. A second round, inviting 1,500 workers to apply, will take place on July […]

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IRCC considering Express Entry draws based on occupations, and other categories

Recent consultations outline the possibility of targeting Express Entry candidates who have key attributes such as occupation, sector, being a temporary resident, and French language proficiency. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently held consultations with the public and stakeholders to adapt the Express Entry application management system to better target Canada’s economic needs and labour shortages. The […]

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2022: Express Entry year in review

Fewer draws and an updated NOC set the stage for a higher number of Express Entry ITAs in 2023. The past year has been a unique one for Canada’s Express Entry application management system. The resumption of all-program draws, after an 18-month pause that began in December 2020, has allowed Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to work towards,  […]

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IRCC has processed all-time high 4.8 million applications in 2022

Reduction of applications in inventory comes alongside a record-breaking year for admissions. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) reports an overall reduction of nearly half a million applications since August this year. This is almost double the number of applications processed over the same period in 2021 when the department processed 2.5 million. The progress comes as IRCC is on track to admit a record breaking […]

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Canada to target occupations in Express Entry draws starting in 2023

Canada is preparing to change how Express Entry candidates are selected in the first quarter of 2023 and beyond. Starting in 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will use new authorities to hold Express Entry draws that invite candidates based on specific attributes rather than their overall CRS score. The expected changes to Express Entry were made […]

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IRCC confirms IT glitch affecting Express Entry candidates

System problems occurring since the implementation of NOC 2021 are having an impact on Express Entry candidates. In an email to CIC News, an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) spokesperson has confirmed that there have been IT issues in the Express Entry system following the implementation of National Occupation Classification (NOC) 2021. This includes Express Entry candidates who are in […]

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Weighing the costs and benefits of applying for Express Entry

A 2020 study by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) found that of the applicants granted PR through Express Entry, 95% were established economically (with both high employment rates, and level of income). Of these, 83% were working in their primary field, and nearly half were working in professions that usually required a university degree (TEER 1). In addition, successful […]

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