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On June 27, 2023, the 15th Express Entry draw of the year was conducted by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This draw, which was the second invitation round of June, invited a total of 4,300 candidates from the Express Entry pool. The draw was open to candidates from various programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
Express Entry draws in 2023 have been following an unusual pattern. The June 27 draw was originally expected to take place on June 21, 2023. This unpredictability makes it challenging to accurately predict the timing of future draws, but as more draws occur throughout the year, IRCC is likely to establish a more consistent pattern.
Express Entry Draw #251
Invitations issued: 4,300
- Rank required to be invited to apply: 4,300 or above
- Type of draw: No program specified
- Round date and time: June 27, 2023, 15:37:46 UTC
- Lowest-ranking candidates invited had a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 486
- Tie-breaking rule: June 21, 2023, 00:57:04 UTC
If there are multiple candidates with identical lowest scores, the tie-breaking rule is utilized, taking into account the chronological order of their Express Entry profile submissions.
If you have received an invitation, follow these steps.
If you have received an invitation to apply for Canada Permanent Residency (PR), you will receive a notification in your account informing you of the program you have been invited under and the next steps to take.
It is crucial to provide proof of the information submitted in your Express Entry profile. Failure to provide accurate information or omitting important details can result in your application being refused, being deemed inadmissible, or receiving a 5-year ban from applying for any type of Canadian visa.
After receiving an invitation, you should review the eligibility requirements for Canada PR under the program you have been invited to apply for. Ensure that you still meet the eligibility criteria and familiarize yourself with the program’s requirements and prerequisites. By understanding these details thoroughly, you will be better prepared to submit your application.
Category-Based Express Entry Draws
Sean Fraser, the Immigration Minister of Canada, recently made an announcement regarding the implementation of category-specific selection draws for candidates in the Express Entry system. These draws aim to attract more skilled workers in specific occupations that are in high demand in Canada. The IRCC believes that by targeting individuals with strong French language proficiency or work experience in key sectors such as Healthcare, STEM professions, Trades, Transport, Agriculture, and Agri-food, they can support Canada’s commitment to welcoming individuals in occupations that are in demand across the country.
The implementation of category-based draws, resulting from changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in June 2022, is expected to begin this year. These changes will enable the minister to select immigrants based on essential attributes that align with Canada’s economic priorities. Consequently, this is considered the opportune time to pursue immigration to Canada.