All-program Express Entry draw

Express Entry Draw 281 | 730 Invited in General Draw

Published on: January 31st, 2024

The third Canadian Express Entry draw of 2024 was held today! Express Entry draw 281 saw a Lowest CRS score of 541 and invited 730 candidates from all programs to apply.

 

Express Entry Draw 281

Date of Draw: January 31, 2024 at 15:18:02 UTC

Number of Invitations Issued: 730

Minimum CRS: 541

Program Specified:  General

Tie-breaking rule: July 15, 2023 at 10:52:08 UTC

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General Express Entry Draw

Express Entry draw #281 issued 730 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of 541. 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 is the third of the category  “General” of 2024. The last draw for the same category was held on January 24, 2024., which invited 1,040 candidates from all programs without any specific category restrictions. The CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited was 543. This means that if your Express Entry profile had a CRS score of 543 or higher, you could have been eligible for an invitation in that draw.

This is the lowest CSR score for the three draws in the general category conducted this year. The lowest score in 2023 for the category was 481, and the draw took place on March 29, 2023, through which 7,000 invitations to apply were sent.

How Does Express Entry work?

The Express Entry System is a Canadian immigration method that uses points to manage applications from skilled workers seeking permanent residency. It oversees three main programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The system includes draws for specific categories with yearly targets matching Canada’s immigration plan.

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) assigns scores to candidate profiles, determining their rank in the Express Entry pool. This approach ensures a straightforward and clear selection process in line with Canada’s immigration goals.

 

 

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
601-12003,002
501-60014,330
451-50063,451
491-5008,880
481-49012,132
471-48016,800
461-47013,840
451-46011,799
401-45054,200
441-45011,026
431-44011,086
421-4309,989
411-42010,927
401-41011,172
351-40057,086
301-35027,247
0-3005,624
Total224,940
UpdatedMay30, 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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