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Latest Express Entry Draw 266

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 266, which was a category-based draw in French-language proficiency. Applicants having a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System  Score (CRS) of 472 received an Invitation to Apply (ITA). According to the tie-breaking rule, candidates who created their profile before August 16, 2023, at 09:00:14 UTC were prioritized.

This is the second consecutive EE draw and the fourth in September. Yesterday’s draw invited 3000 candidates for PR and the minimum cut-off score was 504. Today’s draw CRS score is 32 points lower. 

Last week, IRCC held the first-ever category-based draw for Transport occupations. It is designed for candidates with transportation experience, such as Commercial truck drivers, pilots, and aircraft assembly workers, among others. Find out if your occupation is eligible for the Transport category-based EE draw. When compared to this draw, today’s draw’s CRS minimum score is 37 points higher

Do i have a higher chance to immigrate to Canada through Category-based Draws?

Yes, candidates in the express entry pool have a higher chance to move to Canada through category-based draws because the minimum CRS score in the selected categories can probably be lower than in all-program daws.

Draw Date Program No of Issued ITA MIN CRS
266September 27, 2023French Language500472
265September 26, 2023All Programs3000504
264September 20, 2023Transport Occupations1000435
263September 19, 2023All Programs3200531
262August 15, 2023All Programs4300496
261August 03, 2023Category-Specific1500388
260August 02, 2023Category-Specific800435
259August 01, 2023All Programs2000517
258July 12, 2023Category-Specific3800375

What are Express Entry Category-Based Draws

Express Entry category-based 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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