In its latest Express Entry Draw which was held on Wednesday, November 09 the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) sent invitations to 4,750 applicants with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 494.
This is the tenth draw since all-program draws were resumed on July 6. Notably, all Express Entry draws have been paused for more than 18 months, beginning in December 2020.
Throughout the hiatus, only those who qualified for the CEC or the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) received invitations to apply.
The draws were halted due to a backlog of applications caused by COVID-19-related travel restrictions. The IRCC will also stop holding CEC lotteries in September 2021.
Qualified applicants were sought for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). All of these initiatives are integrated into the Express Entry framework.
Similarly to the October 26 draw, 4,750 candidates have been invited to this draw in a row. The minimum CRS fell by only two points from 496, the smallest drop since all-program draws began.
Invitations to apply (ITAs) have been issued for all Express Entry programmes since draws resumed on July 6. According to CIC News, invitations have been extended to 26,250 candidates through Express Entry.
The CEC accounts for 13,774 of the total. To be eligible for this programme, the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score must be 5 for NOC skill level B jobs or 7 for NOC skill level 0 or A jobs. Candidates must also have lived or worked in Canada for at least one year within the previous 36 months.
Candidates for the FSWP (6,154) and Express Entry through the PNP (6322) are distributed nearly evenly among the remaining invitations. No candidates have been invited to apply for the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).