Express Entry Invitations Rounds
In the Express Entry system, candidates in the pool are ranked based on a points-based system known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). When conducting rounds of invitations in the Express Entry system, the following steps are followed:
- Selection of Round Type: We determine the type of round that will be conducted.
- Determining the Number of Invitations: We establish the number of candidates that need to be invited in each round.
- Identifying High-Ranking Candidates: We identify the candidates with the highest rankings in the pool who are eligible for the specific round type that has been chosen.
- Invitation to Apply: These high-ranking candidates are then invited to apply for permanent residence.
Types of Rounds of Invitations
Throughout the year, various types of rounds of invitations are conducted:
- General Rounds of Invitations: In general rounds, we invite candidates with high rankings in the pool who are eligible for any of the three programs managed through Express Entry.
- Program-Specific Rounds of Invitations: In program-specific rounds, we invite candidates with high rankings who are eligible for a particular Express Entry program. For example, if a round is specifically for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), only candidates eligible for the PNP will be invited.
- Category-Based Rounds of Invitations: Category-based rounds are established by the Minister to meet specific economic goals. In these rounds, we invite top-ranking candidates from the pool who are eligible for the specified category.
Note: To be placed in the pool, candidates must be eligible for at least one of the three programs managed through Express Entry. Category-based rounds complement general and program-specific rounds by inviting high-ranking candidates who can contribute to meeting specific economic goals.
Candidates with Provincial or Territorial Nomination
Candidates with a provincial or territorial nomination will continue to be invited through general and Provincial Nominee Program-specific rounds. These candidates have demonstrated the skills, education, and work experience required to contribute to the economy of the respective province or territory.
Instructions for Rounds of Invitations
Each round of invitations comes with a set of instructions that are:
- Posted Online: The instructions are made available on the official platform at the time of the round.
- Used by the Express Entry System: These instructions are utilized by the Express Entry system to invite candidates from the pool.
The instructions include:
- Date and Time of the Round
- Number of Candidates to be Invited
- Round Type (General, Program-Specific, or Category-Based)
- Immigration Program(s) Included in the Round (for program-specific rounds)
- Eligibility Criteria for the Category (for category-based rounds)
It is advisable to check your CRS score and utilize this information to assess your likelihood of receiving an invitation in the upcoming round.
Results: Express Entry Rounds of Invitations – Ministerial Instruction #256
Ministerial Instructions have been issued regarding invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system, designated as #256, on July 7, 2023.
For the specific category of French language proficiency (2023-1), the following details apply:
- Number of invitations issued: 2,300*
- Minimum ranking required to be invited: 2,300 or above
- Date and time of the round: July 7, 2023, at 13:11:16 UTC
- CRS score of the lowest-ranked candidate invited: 439
- Tie-breaking rule: In the event of multiple candidates having the same lowest score, the cut-off is determined by the date and time of their respective Express Entry profile submissions.
You can access the full text of the Ministerial Instruction for further information.
Distribution of CRS Scores among Candidates in the Express Entry Pool as of July 4, 2023
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Please note that the figures provided in this table represent the total number of individuals in the Express Entry pool a few days prior to an invitation round. It is important to acknowledge that the score distribution may vary over time due to the submission of new profiles and the expiration of existing profiles.
The non-bold numbers in the table offer a comprehensive breakdown of the bold number directly above.
Invitations in Express Entry Rounds: Category-Based Selection.
During category-based rounds of invitations in the Express Entry system, we extend invitations to candidates in the pool who meet the eligibility criteria for a specific category established by the Minister to fulfill specific economic objectives. The selection is based on various factors, including proficiency in a specific official language, work experience in a particular occupation, and educational qualifications.
Category-based rounds complement general and program-specific rounds by inviting high-ranking candidates who can contribute to achieving these specific economic goals. The chosen categories will be announced in advance.
Candidates with Provincial or Territorial Nomination Candidates with a provincial or territorial nomination will continue to be invited through general and Provincial Nominee Program-specific rounds. These candidates have demonstrated their skills, education, and work experience, proving their ability to contribute to the economy of the respective province or territory.
Category Selection Process and Reporting The selection of categories is based on labor market information, projections, and input received from our partners, including provinces, territories, and stakeholders across the country. Each year, we report to Parliament on the categories chosen in the previous year, providing insights into the reasons and methodologies behind the selection, as well as the instructions for establishing each category and the number of invitations issued for each.
We also include information about category-based selection in the Express Entry Year-End Report and regularly monitor and evaluate the performance of the categories.
Categories Chosen for 2023 For the year 2023, the following categories have been selected:
- French-language proficiency
- Healthcare occupations
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) occupations
- Trade occupations
- Transport occupations
- Agriculture and agri-food occupations