Are you considering immigration to Canada and wondering about the latest updates in the Express Entry system? At Titan law, your trusted immigration law firm in the heart of British Columbia (BC), we understand that staying informed about the latest developments in immigration law is crucial for your journey towards becoming a permanent resident of Canada. 

In this blog, we bring you the latest news about Canada’s Express Entry draw, shedding light on key aspects such as eligibility, categories, and the significance of a good Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. Plus, we’ll explain how Titan Law can assist you every step of the way. Let’s dive into the details.

Breaking News: Canada’s First Express Entry Draw in Over a Month

In recent news, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) made headlines by holding its first Express Entry draw in over a month. The draw saw the issuance of 3,200 invitations to candidates under the all-program category. To be eligible for an Invitation to Apply (ITA), candidates needed to meet a minimum CRS score of 531. This update marks a significant event in Canada’s immigration landscape and is sure to impact aspiring permanent residents.

This development comes after a pause in Express Entry draws, which had raised questions among applicants. While IRCC has not provided a specific reason for the pause, it was confirmed on September 18 that Express Entry draws would resume this week. This change brings a renewed sense of hope for those eagerly awaiting their chance to apply for permanent residency in Canada.

Express Entry: A Pathway to Canadian Permanent Residency

Express Entry serves as an application management system for three of Canada’s primary economic immigration pathways:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program
  3. Canadian Experience Class

Each of these programs has its own set of eligibility criteria, but they all rely on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to assess and rank candidates. The CRS evaluates various factors, including language proficiency, age, work experience, occupation, and education. Candidates with higher CRS scores have a better chance of receiving ITAs, which pave the way for permanent residency in Canada.

Notably, Express Entry candidates who have received a provincial nomination enjoy an advantage. These candidates, part of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), receive an additional 600 CRS points. Given that most Express Entry draws have CRS score requirements ranging from 350 to 550, the PNP nomination can significantly boost an applicant’s chances.

Category-Based Selection: A Game-Changer

One of the most exciting recent developments in Express Entry is the introduction of category-based selection rounds. These rounds target candidates with specific skills and experiences that align with Canada’s economic needs. The categories include:

  • Healthcare
  • STEM Professions
  • Trades
  • Transport
  • Agriculture and Agri-food

The introduction of these categories reflects Canada’s commitment to addressing urgent job vacancies in these sectors while bolstering its economy. IRCC collaborated with provincial governments, business associations, and stakeholders to identify these categories, ensuring they align with the country’s workforce demands.

Category-based selection is open to Express Entry candidates who are still in the program. It’s essential for candidates to aim for the highest possible CRS score, as IRCC continues to rank candidates against each other. Titan Law can help you strategize and navigate this dynamic landscape, increasing your chances of success in category-based selection draws.

How Titan Law Can Help

At Titan Law, we recognize the importance of staying updated on immigration news and regulations. Our experienced immigration lawyers are committed to guiding you through every step of your immigration journey, whether you’re considering business immigration to Canada through the start-up visa program, intra-company transfers, or pursuing permanent residency.

Our team’s expertise extends to navigating the nuances of the Express Entry system, maximizing your CRS score, and ensuring your application meets all requirements. With a deep understanding of immigration law and a proven track record of helping clients achieve their immigration goals, we are your trusted partner in your pursuit of Canadian citizenship and permanent residency.

Conclusion

The recent Express Entry draw in Canada marks a turning point for aspiring permanent residents. With category-based selection rounds and the resumption of draws, now is the time to take action on your immigration journey. Whether you’re considering business immigration to Canada or seeking permanent residency through Express Entry, Titan Law is here to assist you every step of the way.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make Canada your new home. Contact Titan Law today to book a free consultation with our immigration lawyers. Let us help you achieve your dreams of becoming a permanent resident in the beautiful Vancouver area of British Columbia. Your path to Canadian citizenship starts here.

The minimum CRS score required for an ITA varies with each draw. It depends on factors like the number of candidates in the pool and the specific immigration program. The most recent draw sets the score requirement.

You can improve your CRS score by enhancing factors such as language proficiency, work experience, education, and obtaining a provincial nomination. Consulting with immigration lawyers can also help you strategize to maximize your score.

Yes, you can apply for permanent residency while on an intra-company transfer in Canada. However, the specific immigration pathway and requirements may vary depending on your situation. Consulting with immigration lawyers can help you navigate this process.

Express Entry is an application management system for three Canadian immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class. It uses the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to assess and rank candidates. Those with the highest CRS scores receive Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residency.

The PNP allows provinces and territories in Canada to nominate individuals for permanent residency based on their specific needs. Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination gain 600 additional CRS points, significantly boosting their chances of receiving an ITA.