February 5, 2024

Starting from January 30th, 2024, the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Core examination is now eligible for all immigration routes, excluding the Student Direct Stream (SDS). This includes applicants in the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), those enrolled in Express Entry managed programs, and individuals requiring a language assessment for various Canadian immigration objectives, such as Canadian citizenship applications, who are now permitted to take the PTE Core test.

December 19, 2023
December 19, 2023
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) extends invitations to apply to 1,000 candidates through a category-specific selection draw focused on trades occupations.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has released invitations to apply (ITAs) in the week’s second Express Entry draw. The department invited 1,000 candidates to apply in a category-specific selection draw targeting individuals in trades occupations. Eligibility for an ITA required candidates to have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 425.

After the all-program draw on December 18, where 1,325 candidates obtained invitations to apply (ITAs), the subsequent draw took place. In this draw, candidates needed to meet a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 542 to be eligible.

December 19, 2023
December 19, 2023
1,325 candidates have been extended invitations by IRCC in the most recent Express Entry draw across all programs.

In the latest Express Entry draw, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued invitations to apply (ITAs). The all-program draw invited 1,325 candidates, requiring a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 542 for eligibility.

This draw comes after the December 8 results, where 5,900 candidates received ITAs with a minimum CRS of 481 in a category-based selection draw for those in STEM occupations. On December 7, a category-based draw for individuals with French language proficiency invited 1,000 candidates from the Express Entry pool with a minimum CRS of 470.

On December 6, there was another all-program draw for candidates with a minimum CRS of 561, marking the first draw in over a month. Prior to that, the most recent draw occurred on October 26, featuring a category-based selection for candidates in healthcare occupations.

IRCC did not provide a specific reason for the temporary pause in draws, but on November 14, the department tweeted about an IT issue with the Express Entry profile builder for candidates who had received an ITA and were attempting to upload their final application to IRCC’s website. The glitch was reportedly fixed on November 16, although draws did not immediately resume as anticipated.

Various factors, including meeting targets in the Immigration Levels Plan, IT issues, staffing changes, or updates to the Comprehensive Ranking System, could contribute to IRCC’s decision to delay an Express Entry draw.

November 3, 2023
Canada has unveiled its Immigration Levels Plan for 2024-2026.

Canada’s immigration quotas will remain consistent with the current objectives. In 2024, the nation will aim to admit 485,000 new immigrants. For both 2025 and 2026, Canada intends to welcome 500,000 new immigrants each year.

These targets mirror the ones previously disclosed in the Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025. The newly-released information today includes the 2026 target and revisions to the immigrant admission levels for various categories and programs between 2024 and 2026.

Segmentation of immigration goals by category

In 2024, Canada is aiming to welcome approximately 281,135 immigrants in the economic class, accounting for 58% of the annual target. This number is projected to increase to 301,250 immigrants by 2026, constituting 60% of the annual target.

For the family class, the target in 2024 is set at 114,000 immigrants, making up 24% of all admissions. This figure will remain the same at 118,000 immigrants by 2026, still representing 24% of all admissions.

In the humanitarian class, the admission target for 2024 is 89,865 immigrants, which accounts for about 19% of all admissions. This category includes refugees, protected persons, and individuals admitted for humanitarian, compassionate, or other reasons. By 2026, the target will be 80,832 immigrants, making up 16% of all admissions.

Please note that the percentages may not sum up to 100% due to rounding.Segmentation of immigration goals by category

Targets for Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) admissions will increase.

In 2024, the Express Entry program is set to admit 110,700 permanent residents, with an increase to 117,500 in both 2025 and 2026.

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) target for 2024 is 110,000 immigrants and will rise to 120,000 in both 2025 and 2026.

Sponsorship for Spousal, Partner, and Children will have a target of 82,000 admissions in 2024, which will then increase to 84,000 in each of 2025 and 2026. Similarly, the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) will aim to admit 32,000 immigrants in 2024, followed by 34,000 immigrants in both 2025 and 2026.

Canada is adopting a fresh approach to enhance its immigration system.

The Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026 was introduced a day after Canada revealed a fresh strategy to enhance its immigration system. On October 31, Immigration Minister Marc Miller acknowledged deficiencies within the country’s immigration system as he outlined the core principles of a new initiative aimed at modernizing the system.

The new strategy, titled ‘An Immigration System for Canada’s Future,’ encompasses three key objectives:

  1. Enhance the welcoming experience for newcomers.
  2. Harmonize immigration with the requirements of the labor market.
  3. Establish a comprehensive and coordinated growth plan.

The IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) aims to provide a more welcoming and user-friendly experience to its clients. Additionally, the IRCC intends to better align Canada’s immigration policies with its skills and labor strategy. Lastly, the IRCC seeks to create an integrated plan involving all three levels of government in Canada to ensure the country can offer sufficient housing, healthcare, and infrastructure for its growing newcomer population.

August 3, 2023
August 3, 2023
Express entery 03/08/2023

In the latest Express Entry draw of 2023, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) extended invitations to a larger pool of candidates. On August 3rd, the department invited 1,500 candidates from the Skilled Trades category to apply. To be eligible, candidates needed to have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 388.

July 12, 2023
July 12, 2023
Express Entry Draw Results this Week: IRCC issues 800 invitations on July 11

The latest Canadian Express Entry draw was just held. Express Entry draw 257 saw a CRS score of 505 and invited 800 candidates from all programs to apply.

July 6, 2023
July 6, 2023

IRCC invites 1,500 Express Entry candidates in third round of invitations this week

IRCC has invited Express Entry candidates for the third day in a row.

Today, invitations were issued to candidates who are eligible for category-based selection in healthcare occupations. In total, 1,500 candidates were invited. Candidates required a minimum CRS score of 463. This is lowest CRS score of any Express Entry round of invitations issued in 2023.

July 6, 2023

IRCC holds first-ever Express Entry STEM draw

IRCC has issued a second round of Express Entry invitations this week.

This time, it was for candidates who are eligible for category-based selection in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) occupations.

In total, 500 candidates were invited. Candidates required a minimum CRS score of 486.

This draw was expected as last week IRCC announced that the first-ever category-based selection Express Entry draw for those in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) professions would take place this week.

IRCC has also confirmed it will have another round of invitations this week, inviting 1,500 healthcare workers to apply for permanent residence.

The most recent category-based draw was last week on June 28 and invited 500 healthcare workers with a minimum CRS score of 476, the lowest CRS score in any Express Entry draw so far in 2023.

In its surprise draw yesterday, July 4, IRCC also invited 700 candidates in an all-program draw with a minimum CRS score of 511. An all-program draw considers Express Entry candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program.

STEM occupations for category-based selection

In a recent news release, IRCC said by prioritizing the invitation of skilled newcomers with STEM experience, Canada aims to meet the growing demand for talent and fill key positions that contribute to the nation’s economic growth and technological advancement.

Eligible occupations under the STEM draw include:

  • Architects
  • Architecture and science managers
  • Business systems specialists
  • Civil Engineers
  • Computer and information systems managers
  • Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
  • Computer systems developers and programmers
  • Cybersecurity specialists
  • Data scientists
  • Database analysts and data administrators
  • Electrical and electronics engineers
  • Engineering managers
  • Industrial and manufacturing engineers
  • Information systems specialists
  • Land surveyors
  • Landscape Architects
  • Mathematicians, statisticians, and actuaries
  • Metallurgical and materials engineers
  • Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants, and program officers
  • Software developers and programmers
  • Software engineers and designers
  • Urban and land use planners
  • Web designers
  • Web developers and programmers

Sean Fraser, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, announced on May 31 that IRCC had finalized new category-based selection criteria for Express Entry draws. The categories were chosen based on labour market projections and discussions with IRCC partners and stakeholders  as well as with provincial and territorial governments. They are as follows:

  • Healthcare
  • Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
  • Trades, such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors
  • Transport
  • Agriculture and agri-food
  • Strong French-language proficiency

Category-based selection draws have been expected since June 2022, when the Government of Canada made changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to allow for the selection of immigrants based on key attributes that support Canada’s economic priorities, such as specific work experience to fill labour market gaps, or knowledge of French.

June 27, 2023
IRCC to provide more flexibility for work permit holders to also study in Canada

On June 27th, 2023, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced a new temporary measure that will remove the limit on the length of study programs that temporary foreign workers can enrol in without a study permit.

Through this measure, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is recognizing that foreign workers can face barriers in the types of study programs they are allowed to pursue to get additional training and education that will help them in their careers.

Prior to this change, foreign workers could study while working, but only in programs of 6 months or less. If they wanted to enrol in a longer program, they would have to apply for a separate study permit. This has been a hurdle for foreign workers who want to improve their education and receive more training, especially those needing to validate their foreign credentials through certain programs.

The new temporary measure will last three years. Foreign workers will be able to study full or part time while holding a valid work permit, with no restrictions on the length of the program.

The temporary measure will apply to those who hold a valid work permit or have a pending decision on their work permit extension on June 27, 2023. However, if a foreign worker wants to study longer than the duration of their work permit, they will need to apply for a study permit.

The measure will help foreign workers expand their future job prospects. It will also expand their opportunities to transition to permanent residence by increasing their Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) through higher levels of education or by gaining qualifying work experience.

May 31, 2023
May 31, 2023
Express Entry rounds of invitations: Category-based selection

In category-based rounds of invitations, IRCC invite candidates who are eligible for a specific category established by the Minister to meet an identified economic goal. IRCC invite candidates to apply for permanent residence based on criteria such as

  • ability to communicate in a specific official language
  • work experience in a specific Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) category of the National Occupational Classification (NOC)
  • education

Category-based rounds add to general and program-specific rounds by inviting top-ranking candidates who can help us meet these specific economic goals.

They will announce the chosen categories in advance.

Categories chosen for 2023

For 2023, we chose these categories:

  1. French-language proficiency
  2. Healthcare occupations
  3. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupations
  4. Trade occupations
  5. Transport occupations
  6. Agriculture and agri-food occupations
List of Occupations Eligible for Category-Based Draws
Agriculture and agri-food occupationsButchers - retail and wholesale63201
Agriculture and agri-food occupationsAgricultural service contractors and farm supervisors82030
Agriculture and agri-food occupationsContractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services82031
Transport occupationsManagers in transportation70020
Transport occupationsRailway carmen/women72403
Transport occupationsAircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors72404
Transport occupationsAir pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors72600
Transport occupationsAir traffic controllers and related occupations72601
Transport occupationsDeck officers, water transport72602
Transport occupationsEngineer officers, water transport72603
Transport occupationsRailway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators72604
Transport occupationsTransport truck drivers73300
Transport occupationsAircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors93200
Trade occupationsContractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers72014
Trade occupationsWelders and related machine operators72106
Trade occupationsElectricians (except industrial and power system)72200
Trade occupationsPlumbers72300
Trade occupationsCarpenters72310
Trade occupationsConstruction millwrights and industrial mechanics72400
Trade occupationsHeating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics72402
Trade occupationsMachine fitters72405
Trade occupationsElevator constructors and mechanics72406
Trade occupationsResidential and commercial installers and servicers73200
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsEngineering managers20010
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsArchitecture and science managers20011
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsComputer and information systems managers20012
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsArchitects21200
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsLandscape architects21201
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsUrban and land use planners21202
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsLand surveyors21203
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsMathematicians, statisticians and actuaries21210
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsData scientists21211
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsCybersecurity specialists21220
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsBusiness systems specialists21221
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsInformation systems specialists21222
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsDatabase analysts and data administrators21223
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsComputer systems developers and programmers21230
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsSoftware engineers and designers21231
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsSoftware developers and programmers21232
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsWeb designers21233
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsWeb developers and programmers21234
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsCivil engineers21300
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsElectrical and electronics engineers21310
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsComputer engineers (except software engineers and designers)21311
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsIndustrial and manufacturing engineers21321
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsMetallurgical and materials engineers21322
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsNatural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers41400
Healthcare occupationsSpecialists in clinical and laboratory medicine31100
Healthcare occupationsSpecialists in surgery31101
Healthcare occupationsGeneral practitioners and family physicians31102
Healthcare occupationsVeterinarians31103
Healthcare occupationsDentists31110
Healthcare occupationsOptometrists31111
Healthcare occupationsAudiologists and speech-language pathologists31112
Healthcare occupationsDietitians and nutritionists31121
Healthcare occupationsPsychologists31200
Healthcare occupationsChiropractors31201
Healthcare occupationsPhysiotherapists31202
Healthcare occupationsOccupational therapists31203
Healthcare occupationsKinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment31204
Healthcare occupationsOther professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating31209
Healthcare occupationsNursing coordinators and supervisors31300
Healthcare occupationsRegistered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses31301
Healthcare occupationsNurse practitioners31302
Healthcare occupationsPhysician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals31303
Healthcare occupationsLicensed practical nurses32101
Healthcare occupationsParamedical occupations32102
Healthcare occupationsRespiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists32103
Healthcare occupationsOther technical occupations in therapy and assessment32109
Healthcare occupationsMedical laboratory technologists32120
Healthcare occupationsMedical radiation technologists32121
Healthcare occupationsMedical sonographers32122
Healthcare occupationsTraditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists32200
Healthcare occupationsMassage therapists32201
Healthcare occupationsOther practitioners of natural healing32209
Healthcare occupationsMedical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations33101
Healthcare occupationsNurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates33102
Healthcare occupationsPharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants33103
Healthcare occupationsOther assisting occupations in support of health services33109
Healthcare occupationsTherapists in counselling and related specialized therapies41301
Healthcare occupationsEducational counsellors41320
Healthcare occupationsInstructors of persons with disabilities42203