Express Entry draw on 24 October- Canada invites PNP candidates

by Rajneesh Kumar Published on 25/Oct/2023

Canada opened 6th Express Entry draw for Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates on October 24, 2023. In this draw the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued total 1,548 invitations to apply for Canadian PR visa to the Express Entry candidates with provincial nomination. Find out more about this new immigration draw of federal Express Entry System. 

Express Entry draw on 24 October 2023

  • EE Draw date and type- 24 October 2023, EE draw for PNP Candidates
  • ITAs issued-  1,548 ITAs (Invitations to Apply) for Canadian PR Visa  issued
  • CUT OFF- The CRS score requirement for this draw was 776 points.
  • Tie-breaking Rule-  July 07, 2023 at 07:28:57 UTC

With this latest EE draw, Canada has now invited total 91,321 candidates in 32 different Express Entry invitation rounds held this year until date. The CUT OFF is high considering this being an Express Entry invitation round for the PNP candidates, i.e. candidates with 600 points (received based on provincial nomination).

Category-based selection

In the early part of this year, the IRCC applied draw categories in which the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is no longer the primary factor for issuing Invitations to Apply (ITAs). A new legislation passed in June 2022 has granted the immigration minister the power to invite candidates based on their ability to fulfil economic needs in Canada or contribute to the advancement of the French language, irrespective of the CRS score.

Consequently, in May, the IRCC revealed 6 fresh draw categories for Express Entry applicants who possessed either strong proficiency in the French language or relevant work experience in specific key occupations, i.e.

  • Healthcare;
  • STEM professions;
  • Trades;
  • Transport;
  • Agriculture and agri-food

Express Entry applicants no longer need to undergo Initial immigrant medical examination (IME)

Effective October 1 this year, Express Entry applicants are no longer required to undergo an initial immigrant medical examination (IME) before sending their Permanent Resident (PR) Visa application to the IRCC.

Though an IME is still compulsory, candidates can now submit an empty document in the upload field of the Express Entry profile builder. Exact guidance regarding the medical examination will be provided by the IRCC at a later stage.

The people who have formerly undergone an IME as part of another IRCC application or are already residing in Canada are exempt from undergoing a second IME.

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