All-program Express Entry draw

Express Entry Draw 272 | 4,750 Invited in General Draw

Published on: December 7th, 2023

The latest Canadian Express Entry draw was just held. Express Entry draw 272 saw a Lowest CRS score of 561 and invited 4,750 candidates from all programs to apply.


Express Entry Draw 272

Date of Draw: December 6, 2023 at 16:27:26 UTC

Number of Invitations Issued: 4,750

Minimum CRS: 561

Program Specified: Non-specified

Tie-breaking rule:November 08, 2023 at 06:00:13 UTC

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First “General” Express Entry Draw

Express Entry draw #272 issued 4,750 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of 561. There was no program specified for this draw, meaning that invitations to apply may be issued to candidates from the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Provincial Nominee Program.

Today’s draw was the first of the category called “General” by IRCC in 2023. The previous ‘No Program Specified’ draw, happened on October 10, which invited 3,725 candidates from all programs without any specific category restrictions. The CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited in October 10, was 500. This means that if your Express Entry profile had a CRS score of 500 or higher, you could have been eligible for an invitation in that draw.

In the previous draw, #271, which was a “Healthcare Occupations (2023-1)” draw, 3,600 invitations were issued and the CSR score saw a minimum threshold of 431 points, marking the lowest CSR score of the new categories system.


Previous Express Entry – General Draws

How Does Express Entry work?

Express Entry is a points-based system used by the Canadian government to manage skilled workers applications for Canadian permanent residency.
The system manages three main programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST); and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). This also includes draws for category-specific targets that have recently begun to take place. 

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), assigns a score to the candidate’s profile in order to ranking it in the Express Entry pool.


Number of Candidates in the Current Express Entry Pool

The IRCC updates the number of people in the Express Entry pool a few days before an invitation round takes place. Numbers change as new profiles are submitted, profiles expire or are issued an ITA.

As of today the composition of the Express Entry pool is:

CRS Score RangeNumber of Candidates
UpdatedMay 29, 2024

Are You Eligible?

The Express Entry points system assigns a score to your profile, depending on different factors such as age, education degrees, skilled work experience, proficiency in English and/or French, siblings in Canada, and others.

You can get an estimate of the score you will get based on your profile using our CRS Score Calculator.

You must also make sure you meet the requirements of at least one of the following Federal programs in order to submit a profile through the Express Entry system:

  • Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
  • Federal Skilled Trades (FST)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

How to Apply?

The first step to apply is submitting your profile with the required documents. Required documents usually consist of language test results, educational credentials, and passport or travel documentation.

After you submit a profile and receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence, you can submit your complete application for the IRCC to review. Your complete application should include supporting documents such as reference letters, additional identity documents, police clearance certificates, and results of a medical examination.

Latest Express Entry Draw for All categories!

Check here the full list of the Express entry draws that were held this year:

DrawDateCategoryNumber of ITAsCRS Cut OffTie-Breaking Rule
297May 31, 2024Canadian Experience Class3,000522March 19, 2024 at 18:58:58 UTC
296May 30, 2024Provincial Nominee Program2,985676January 19, 2024 at 18:32:21 UTC
295April 24, 2024French language proficiency1,400410April 07, 2024 at 02:06:46 UTC
294April 23, 2024General2,095529November 08, 2023 at 17:50:29 UTC
293April 11, 2024STEM occupations (2024-1)4,500491February 25, 2024 at 11:55:12 UTC
292April 10, 2024General1,280549March 21, 2024 at 03:37:24 UTC
291March 26, 2024French language proficiency 1,500388March 10, 2024 at 20:06:26 UTC
290March 25, 2024General1,980524February 25, 2024 at 14:42:38 UTC
289March 13, 2024Transport occupations 975430July 31, 2023 at 13:27:26 UTC
288March 12, 2024General2,850525March 12, 2024 at 15:56:42 UTC
287February 29, 2024French language proficiency 2,500336January 18, 2024 at 09:15:46 UTC
286February 28, 2024General1,470534January 16, 2024 at 03:51:05 UTC
285February 16, 2024Agriculture and agri-food occupations 150437January 29, 2024 at 03:32:58 UTC
284February 14, 2024Healthcare occupations 3,500422January 30, 2024 at 02:39:54 UTC
283February 13, 2024General1,490535February 11, 2024 at 15:26:56 UTC
282February 1, 2024French language proficiency 7,000365September 08, 2023 at 09:47:27 UTC
281January 31, 2024General730541July 15, 2023 at 10:52:08 UTC
280January 23, 2024General1,040543January 21, 2024 at 07:43:47 UTC
279January 10, 2024General1,510546December 31, 2023 at 18:23:22 UTC


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