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IRCC Sent 5000 PR Invites In 4 Express Entry Draws This Week

Last Updated On 8 July 2023, 6:15 PM EDT (Toronto Time)

IRCC sent out 5,000 invitations to apply (ITAs) in 4 different Express Entry draws this week with CRS cutoff score ranging from 439 to 511.

A good week for the profiles invited in these 4 Express Entry draws especially in Francophones and Healthcare targeted invitations, who were otherwise struck in pool with every time high CRS cutoff score in no program specified draws.

DateRound typeInvitationsCRS Cutoff
July 7, 2023Targeted for profiles having
level 7 in French
July 6, 2023Targeted for 35
Healthcare occupations
July 5, 2023Targeted at 24
STEM occupations
July 4, 2023No Program Specified700511
Express Entry draws 2023

It is an historical week for Express Entry with back-to-back draws from July 4 to July 7, 2023 and officially the introduction of new targeted draws.

This week is also unique as it has provided more clarity to applicants awaiting an ITA in the Express Entry pool.

In this article, we provide our observation and expectations for Express Entry applicants in the pool waiting for an invitation.

Total Number of Invitations Remains Same

We were expecting IRCC to keep up with total number of ITAs around 4,800 based on previous draw sizes.

It seems like IRCC has kept up with this total number by inviting overall 5,000 profiles this week.

IRCC has previously clarified that normal ‘no program specified draws’ will continue, but new targeted draws will be part of the invitations.

So based on this week’s number of ITAs, it seems like IRCC broke down the total invitations among ‘no program specified’, Healthcare, STEM, and Francophone profiles.

If there would have been no targeted draws at all, we could have seen around 4,800-5,000 invitations to apply (ITAs) going under ‘no program specified’ draws.

Moving forward we can see similar splitting up of ITAs in bi-weekly draws among different categories.

Express Entry Draws Pattern This Week

IRCC held ‘no program specified’ draw first and then declared the targeted draws in staggering manner.

Overall this could have benefitted the targeted draws on following days for STEM and healthcare occupations as well as Francophiles.

Although, IRCC is trying to be transparent, but we believe that with introduction of targeted Express Entry draws, more clarity is still needed.

First draw of this week was announced on July 4, 2023 and public data for CRS score distribution in the pool is updated on the same date.

However, they did not update the CRS score distribution in pool after 4th and it seems like IRCC might have only selected profiles depending on the available data as of July 4; even for the July 5, 6, or 7 targeted draws.

If you are one of the candidate who created an Express Entry profile after July 5 and still received the ITA in STEM, Healthcare, or Francophile draw, please contact us.

Anyhow, staggering pattern has developed this week with ‘no program specified’ draw on first day followed by occupation specific draw as well as for francophiles.

Healthcare V/s STEM Draws

IRCC has shortlisted 82 occupations that they will be targeting in occupation-specific draws in 2023.

Out of these 82 occupations, 59 are among the Healthcare (35) and STEM occupations (24).

These 2 occupation-specific Express Entry draws will be seen more often as compared to rest of the targeted draws for Trades and Agriculture.

Furthermore, most of the Express Entry profiles among the occupation specific draw qualifies for STEM occupations followed by comparatively low number in healthcare.

We did a poll on our official Instagram account. Voting from our Instagram family says, around 65% users have experience in STEM occupations, while only 38% are qualifying for healthcare draws.

Although, this poll is only by our Instagram fam, but it clearly indicates to the significantly higher CRS score cutoff for STEM profiles as compared to healthcare.

There are comparatively more profiles in STEM as compared to any other targeted occupations sector.

Low CRS Cutoff For Rest of The Occupations

We predicted low CRS cutoff score for healthcare around 465, but it came at 463. So, our expectation was close.

Everyone is talking about STEM, Healthcare, & Francophiles this week, but our expectation is that IRCC will have to keep up with their commitment.

As a result, they will also do a dedicated draw for rest of the 24 occupations in Trades, Transport, and Agriculture.

Truck drivers, Carpenters, Plumbers, Electricians, Butchers will be the most to benefit out of these.

In an Express Entry targeted draw for these 3 sectors, we expect CRS cutoff to remain lower than healthcare draws or even further lower than Francophone draws.

Overall, we always recommend our readers to create an Express Entry profile if they are eligible as IRCC is full of surprises.

But, if you have experience in one of the occupations listed below and you qualify for Express Entry, make your profile asap.

It is more likely that IRCC will be targeting these occupations as part of their selection criteria in upcoming targeted Express Entry draws.

24 Occupations Eligible Other Than STEM or Healthcare

Occupation2021 NOC code
Butchers- retail and wholesale63201
Transport truck drivers73300
Electricians (except industrial and power system)72200
Welders and related machine operators72106
Residential and commercial installers and servicers73200
Elevator constructors and mechanics72406
Machine fitters72405
Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics72402
Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics72400
Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers72014
Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors93200
Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators72604
Engineer officers, water transport72603
Deck officers, water transport72602
Air traffic controllers and related occupations72601
Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors72600
Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors72404
Railway carmen/women72403
Managers in transportation70020
Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services82031
Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors82030


Previously, everyone was suggesting to work on improving your CRS score, but situation has now changed with introduction of targeted draws.

If you are in Express Entry pool just work toward gaining experience in one of 82 selected occupations as well as learning French to fall under targeted draws.

Try finding job or payroll (not legal, but most of applicants use this route) in one of these 82 select occupations to have a better chance of receiving an invitation.

Remember, all these occupations are also on priority list for most of the PNPs.

We often meet individuals claiming that they are doing best of their effort to get Canadian PR, but don’t want to learn French.

It is Canadian official language and yes, you can learn it as you learned English in first place to sit for IELTS.

Rather than spending your hard earned money around $30,000-40,000 on getting LMIAs or job offers, earn little less and devote some time to learn French.

With dedication, it will not take more than 6 months and your permanent residency (PR) is almost guaranteed.

Learning French can boost your score by 50 points plus these are the least CRS score requiring profiles to bag an ITA. Not to forget, bilinguals also have better job prospects.


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When was the latest Express Entry Draw of 2023?

On July 7, IRCC announced the Francophile Express Entry lottery for candidates with a minimum level 7 proficiency in French. The minimum CRS score was 439.

On July 6, 2023, a targeted Express Entry draw for 35 healthcare occupations will issue 1,500 permanent residency invitations. The minimum CRS score was 463.

On 5 July 2023, IRCC sent only 500 invitations to register for 24 STEM occupations with a CRS score of 486 or higher.

On July 4, 2023 – No Program Specified Express Entry draw sent 700 invitations to apply (ITAs) to candidates with a CRS score of 511 and at least six months of experience in one of the STEM occupations within the last three years.

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