Latest Express Entry draw invites 4300 candidates in a non-specified draw

Latest Express Entry draw invites 4300 candidates in a non-specified draw

At 14:23:51 UTC on August 15th, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) carried out the 262nd draw for Canada Express Entry. This event welcomed individuals to apply for a Canadian Permanent Residency (PR) visa through the Express Entry system. Notably, this draw had a broader scope and wasn’t limited to a specific immigration program.

Highlights of Draw #262:

In the latest draw, numbered as #262, a collective count of 4,300 adept candidates was chosen from the group of individuals possessing active profiles within the Express Entry system. These candidates were chosen under any of the three Canada Express Entry categories:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trade Program (FSTP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

By August 15th, 2023, the IRCC had documented that a total of 211,356 immigrants had effectively lodged their profiles. The method of choosing these individuals was based on the scores calculated through the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The highest number of immigrants (55,924 individuals) had CRS scores ranging from 451 to 500. Furthermore, there were 2,172 immigrants with CRS scores ranging from 501 to 600, and 984 applicants had CRS scores falling within the range of 601 to 1200.

Draw Details:

Here are the essential details to note about Draw #262:

  • Category: No specific program
  • Total invitations sent: 4,300
  • Draw Date: August 15th, 2023, at 14:23:51 UTC
  • Minimum CRS Score: 496
  • Tie-breaking regulation: August 1st, 2023, until 12:59:52 UTC.


Applying for Canada Express Entry:

Steps and Criteria:

The Express Entry system functions as Canada’s immigration management platform, overseeing applications for three primary economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Below, you will find an outline of the broad criteria and the sequential stages associated with the Express Entry system.

1. Eligibility Criteria:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP): Applicants need a year of continuous full-time or equivalent part-time work experience in a skilled occupation (National Occupational Classification – NOC skill level 0, A, or B) within the last ten years. They also need to meet language requirements and have sufficient funds to settle in Canada.
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP): Applicants should have two years of full-time work experience (or equivalent part-time) in a skilled trade within the last five years. They also require a valid job offer or a qualification certificate issued by a Canadian authority.
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC): Applicants need a year of skilled work experience in Canada within the past three years and must meet language requirements for their job.

2. Language Proficiency:

Applicants must take an IRCC-approved language test (English or French) to demonstrate language proficiency. Test results contribute to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score calculation.

3. Education:

Applicants under FSWP must get their foreign education credentials assessed and provide an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report.

4. Express Entry Profile:

Eligible candidates create an online Express Entry profile, detailing their work experience, education, language skills, and other pertinent information.

5. Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score:

A Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is allocated to every candidate, taking into account elements like age, educational background, work history, language skills, and additional criteria.

6. Invitation to Apply (ITA):

IRCC conducts Express Entry draws periodically and invites candidates with the highest CRS scores in the pool to apply for permanent residency through Invitations to Apply (ITAs).

7. Permanent Residency Application:

Candidates who are granted an Invitation to Apply (ITA) are given a period of 60 days to finalize and submit their application for permanent residency. This involves providing necessary documents and paying required fees.

8. Medical and Security Checks:

Applicants and their family members undergo medical exams and security checks as part of the application process.

9. Final Decision and Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR):

Once their application is endorsed, applicants are issued a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and are required to arrive in Canada before the specified expiry date on the COPR document.


The recent Express Entry draw (#262) underscores the opportunity for skilled individuals to pursue Canadian Permanent Residency through the Express Entry system. Understanding the eligibility criteria, language proficiency, education assessment, and application process is crucial for a successful immigration journey.

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