Analysis: Breakdown of Express Entry ITAs for Canada PR Issued In Recent All-Program Draws

Analysis: Breakdown of Express Entry ITAs for Canada PR Issued In Recent All-Program Draws

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) revealed the internal breakdown of the two most recent all-program Express Entry draws. The resurgent interest in Express Entry draws comes after the 18-month pause of not inviting overseas skilled talent who had no prior Canadian experience.  

On July 6, IRCC held its first all-program draw in 18 months. A total of 1,500 invitations were issued to eligible with a qualifying CRS score of 557. Another draw on July 20 Express Entry draw invited 1,750 candidates and a minimum cut-off score of 542 to apply for Canada PR. 

The Express Entry system manages the application database of three immigration programs – the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skills Trades Program (FSTP). 

Overseas candidates with work experience but no Canadian experience or job offer can qualify under the FSWP, whereas candidates with Canadian experience like international student graduates qualify under the CEC. 

Replying to a media request, IRCC revealed how many candidates were invited from each Express Entry-managed program. 

IRCC has also promised to expedite the processing time for new all-program draws. About 80% of candidates who respond to their invitations in the two most recent draws are expected to get decisions in six months.

Express Entry-managed Program July 6, CRS 557 July 20, CRS 542 Total from July 6-July 20
Federal Skilled Worker Program 205 417 622
Canadian Experience Class 595 569 1,164
Provincial Nominee Program 700 764 1,464
Total  1,500 1,750 3,250

FSWP candidates formed a significant part of the Express Entry draw size before the pandemic restructured the way IRCC invited eligible applicants to apply for Canadian permanent residency

However, in recent draws, IRCC gave more preference to candidates with prior provincial nominations to apply for Canada PR. 

The undue preference for CEC candidates over FSWP & FSTP candidates is because they do not need to have proof of funds in order to apply for immigration, whereas FSWP and FSTP candidates without a Canadian job offer do. 

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Qualifying for Canada PR via Express Entry 

Immigration in Canada means obtaining permanent residency. 

Qualifying for Canada PR via Express Entry is essentially a two-step process. 

  • Step1: Here the interested candidates confirm their eligibility for at least one of the three Express Entry programs – Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) 
  • Step2: Candidates can upload their Express Entry profile onto IRCC’s website 

All the registered profiles are then assessed and ranked based on the CRS score. 

Such profiles are evaluated on a total of 1200 points. 

The human capital criteria like 

  • age 
  • education 
  • work experience outside Canada 
  • language proficiency in English/French 
  • spouse adaptability 
  • Canadian study experience, etc. are considered for evaluation purposes. 

Those invited for permanent residence have 60 days to submit their applications to IRCC. IRCC aims to process most applications within 6 months or less. 

Canadian immigration is undergoing a rapid change where the country is in need of skilled immigrants- professionals, entrepreneurs/investors, students, and their families more than ever. The dual demographic burden of the aging population and low birth rate among the locals will boost immigration targets in the coming years. 


CanApprove is not just any immigration expert but a certified consultant with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). 

Book an appointment with us to discuss the prospects of your Canadian immigration in 2022 & beyond.   

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