The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is all set to welcome new permanent residents in 2024 via the Express Entry system. IRCC has a target of 110,770 newcomers and a range set between 90,000 and 116,000 for the year.
Looking back at 2023, it’s important to assess the changes that took place. The IRCC invited 110,266 primary applicants through 42 category-based invitation rounds. We expect this to continue in 2024 as well.
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The general Express Entry draws are expected to be more selective, with a score of 510 for the current Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). However, those who are more likely to receive invitations are applicants with a score greater than 520. Those, especially with 530+ scores in the initial rounds, are even more likely to be invited.
On the contrary, lower CRS cutoff scores are anticipated for certain categories in the targeted draws. These categories include:
– Healthcare (although with a relatively higher CRS cutoff)
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Considering these forecasts, candidates are encouraged to establish their Express Entry profiles as soon as they meet the requirements, with the goal of applying to Category-Based Selections or Provincial Nominee Programs. For applicants with a CRS score below 510, you could consider making your spouse the primary applicant, especially if they have experience in any of the eligible occupations for targeted draws.
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In short, 2024 seems to be a great year for Express Entry with a selective approach. This strategy would coordinate well with Canada’s immigration goals and labor shortages.
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