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latest express entry draw 254

Latest Express Entry Draw 254

The Express Entry (EE) organizes and processes applications for people who wish to immigrate to Canada and acquire Canadian permanent residence. Express Entry is not an immigration by itself, rather it’s an online system that manages applications sent to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) department. The system manages three Canadian immigration programs:

Candidate profiles under the Canadian Express Entry system are ranked against each other according to a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The candidates with the highest ranking scores in the Express Entry draw will be considered for an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence.

These invitations are issued by the federal government on a regular basis.


The IRCC issued 500 invitations to applicants in the Express Entry draw 254. Applicants having a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System  Score (CRS) of 486 received an Invitation to Apply (ITA). This Express Entry Draw was the first category draw in Science, Technology, Engineering and mathematics (STEM) occupations.  According to the tie-breaking rule, candidates who created their profile before November 23, 2022 00:01:29 UTC Wednesday,  were prioritized.

The draw held today was the 18th for Express Entry in 2023 and the second of July. Yesterday’s draw was an all-program Express Entry draw which was surprise draw and resulted to 700 applicants being issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA), with a minimum score of 511.

Today’s draw is the second category-based draw after the first one held on June 28 last week which targeted healthcare occupations and invited 500 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 476. 

 The IRCC also announced that another category-specific draw for healthcare workers will be held this week and will invite an additional 1500 applicants.

254July, 05 2023Category-Specific500486
253July, 04 2023All programs700511
252June, 28 2023Category-Specific500476
251June, 27 2023All programs4300486
250June, 8 2023All programs4800486


Express Entry category-specific draws / occupation-specific draws are express entry draws that enable the IRCC to issue Letter Invitation to Apply (ITA) to candidates with talents, skills and jobs that are most in demand in Canada. 

There are six new categories for which candidates may be eligible:

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

Additionally, category-specific draws can be helpful to candidates because the cut-off score in the selected categories can probably be lower than in all-program daws.

Applicants must have completed at least six months of continuous employment in one of the listed occupations within the previous three years in order to qualify under the category-specific categories. You can obtain this experience in Canada or abroad.

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