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2nd Express Entry Draw of the week sent out 1,000 Invitations to Apply for Permanent Residency

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Express Entry draw aimed at 10 specific trade occupations has resulted in 1,000 individuals receiving invitations to apply for permanent residency. This marks the fifth round of invitations for December, following a pause in November 2023.


In a draw held yesterday that encompassed all programs, 1,325 invitations to apply for permanent residency were issued. Notably, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score saw a decrease of 19 points compared to the previous Express Entry draw on December 6th.

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Summary of the Express Entry Draws this week

DescriptionDecember 19December 18
Draw typeTargeted for 10 Trade occupationsGeneral or all program draws
CRS Cutoff425542
Tie-breaking ruleNovember 04, 2023 at 11:16:58 UTCNovember 06, 2023 at 14:40:23 UTC

We’ll keep you posted with any additional draws on this page throughout the week. Stay tuned for updates!

CRS Score distribution in the pool

CRS score rangeNumber of candidates

Resumption of Express Entry Draws

IRCC typically announces Express Entry draws every two weeks, but there was a hiatus of 5 weeks from October 26 to December 5 without any invitation rounds.


Breaking the silence, IRCC conducted three consecutive draws from December 6th to 8th, extending invitations to 11,650 profiles for permanent residency. Now, two more draws are scheduled for this week.


Express Entry candidates in the pool can breathe a sigh of relief, but the CRS cutoff score remains notably high. With the week just underway, anticipate more targeted invitation rounds in the coming days, as today’s draw had a relatively low number of invitations.


Since December 6, a total of 13,975 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) have been issued in five Express Entry draws. The specific draws are listed below:

DescriptionDecember 19December 18December 8December 7December 6
Draw typeTargeted for 10 Trade occupationsGeneral or all program drawsTargeting 24 STEM occupationsFrench focusedGeneral or all program draws
CRS Cutoff425542481470561
Tie-breaking ruleNovember 04, 2023 at 11:16:58 UTCNovember 06, 2023 at 14:40:23 UTCNovember 25, 2023 at 09:48:36 UTCOctober 3, 2023, at 04:45:27 UTCNovember 8, 2023, at 06:00:13 UTC

This year, a grand total of 109,196 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) have been issued across 39 Express Entry draws in the field of Information Technology.

Summary of the last Express Entry draws in December 2023

The Express Entry draws happening in 2023?

Curious about the Express Entry draws happening in 2023? IRCC is focusing on 82 key occupations from priority sectors, including:

1. Healthcare Occupations
2. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Occupations
3. Trade Occupations
4. Transport Occupations
5. Agriculture and Agri-food Occupations

Explore each sector to find a comprehensive list of occupations along with their corresponding NOC codes.

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