Understanding Express Entry
The Express Entry system is a merit-based immigration mechanism employed by the Canadian government to manage applications for permanent residency from skilled workers. Under this system, candidates are assessed and awarded Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores, which are calculated based on factors such as age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and more. Periodically, the government conducts Express Entry draws to select candidates with the highest CRS scores.
Here are some of the key highlights from the most recent Express Entry draw, which took place on October 26, 2023:
Healthcare Occupations: This draw witnessed the issuance of 3,600 invitations by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to candidates in 35 healthcare occupations to apply for permanent residency in Canada. This draw was a testament to Canada's recognition of the importance of healthcare professionals in its immigration strategy.
Francophile Draw: On October 25, the IRCC conducted a draw that specifically targeted Francophone candidates. In this draw, 300 invitations were extended to applicants with a CRS cutoff score of 486, emphasizing Canada's commitment to linguistic diversity.