Canada Invites 1,470 Candidates in the Latest Express Entry Draw

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Canada Invites 1,470 Candidates in the Latest Express Entry Draw

Canada has issued 1,470 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residence to candidates in the Express Entry pool in its latest draw, which took place on February 29, 2024.

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required for this draw was 534, which is one point lower than the previous general draw on February 28, 2024.

This was the second general draw of the week and the sixth draw of the year. So far, in 2024, Canada has invited 14,230 candidates through the Express Entry system.

The Express Entry system is Canada’s main source of skilled immigration. It manages the applications for three economic-class immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Candidates who are eligible for any of these programs can create an online profile and enter the Express Entry pool, where they are ranked based on their CRS score. The CRS score is calculated based on factors such as age, education, work experience, language ability, and adaptability.

Every two weeks, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducts an Express Entry draw and invites the highest-ranked candidates to apply for permanent residence. Candidates who receive an ITA have 60 days to submit their complete application online.

The following table summarizes the results of the Express Entry draws in 2024 so far:

Draw # Draw Date Draw Type Invitations Issued (ITAs) Minimum CRS Score
287 Feb 29, 2024 French-language Category-Based 2,500 336
286 Feb 28, 2024 General 1,470 534
285 Feb 16, 2024 Agriculture & Agri-Food Occupations 150 437
284 Feb 14, 2024 Healthcare Occupations 3,500 422
283 Feb 13, 2024 General 1,490 535
282 Feb 1, 2024 French-language Category-Based 7,000 365
281 Jan 31, 2024 General 730 541
280 Jan 23, 2024 General 1,040 543



1. What are the eligibility criteria for candidates to be invited in the latest Express Entry draw by Canada?

Ans – The latest Express Entry draw (as of today, March 4, 2024) doesn’t specify any category and focuses solely on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. To be eligible, you generally need a minimum of 67 CRS points and meet the requirements of a Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), or Federal Skilled Trades (FST) program. However, the cut-off CRS score for invitations keeps changing, so having a higher score increases your chances.

2. How often does Canada conduct Express Entry draws, and what is the significance of the latest draw inviting 1,470 candidates?

Ans – Canada typically conducts Express Entry draws approximately every two weeks. The latest draw (February 29, 2024) inviting 1,470 candidates suggests an increase in invitations compared to previous draws, potentially aiming to meet immigration targets or address labor market needs. However, draw specifics can vary, so following IRCC updates is crucial.

3. What factors are considered in the selection of candidates for Canada’s Express Entry draws?

Ans – Candidates for Canada’s Express Entry are selected based on their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. This score is calculated using factors like age, education, work experience, language skills (English & French), and spousal points. A higher CRS score increases your chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

4. How does the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score affect a candidate’s chances of being invited in Express Entry draws?

Ans – A higher Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score directly affects your chances of getting invited to apply (ITA) in Express Entry draws. Candidates are ranked based on their CRS score, and the higher your score, the better your position in the pool and the more likely you are to receive an ITA during a draw. 

Remember, the CRS score cut-off for invitations changes frequently based on various factors. So, aiming for a higher CRS score is crucial to increase your chances of success.

5. What are the different immigration programs under Express Entry through which candidates are selected?

Express Entry manages three main federal programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker (FSW): Targets skilled workers with foreign work experience and qualifications in-demand in Canada.
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC): Targets individuals with skilled work experience in Canada under specific temporary work permits.
  • Federal Skilled Trades (FST): Targets skilled workers in specific trades occupations who meet the eligibility requirements.

Some Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) also fall under Express Entry.

In addition to the general draws, IRCC also conducts category-based draws, which target candidates who have specific work experience or skills in high-demand sectors, such as healthcare, agriculture, or technology. These draws usually have lower CRS cut-offs and invite fewer candidates than the general draws.

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