IRCC holds first Canada PR Express Entry General draw of 2024

IRCC holds first Canada PR Express Entry General draw of 2024

Canada kicks start the new year as IRCC holds first Canada PR Express Entry General draw of 2024. The new draw issued 1510 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to qualifying applicants. The CRS cut-off requirement for this draw is set at 546. And the EE draw is a General draw which targets applicants from the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).


The Express Entry (EE) System is Canada’s top PR visa pathway alongside the PNP program. Because the EE System offer permanent residency in Canada in just 6 to 12 months. With IRCC settling a visa application processing standard of 6 months. As a result, if you wish to apply for a Canada PR visa then you can get it easily and faster than for any other first-world country.


Such is the popularity and access of the EE system. With IRCC holding the first Express Entry General draw we can look at the draw details:

  • Firstly, we know 1510 applicants have an ITA.
  • Secondly, the CRS score requirement is 546.
  • Also, the tie-breaking rule applicable for this rule is set at December 31, 2023, at 18:23:22 UTC.


In addition, applicants who have an ITA can now submit a Canada PR visa application to IRCC. Once their application is successfully processed, they will get a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR). This letter will allow them to fly and enter Canada. After entering Canada, they must submit their Canadian residence address to IRCC so they can get a PR card.


Express Entry Draws 2024: Who has a brighter chance at permanent residency in Canada?

Understanding the Express Entry (EE) System

“Beautiful is the prize, beautiful is the journey, if one follows the right and righteous path”. This stands true for the applicants who have an ITA in the first Canada PR Express Entry draw of 2024. Because they applied at the right time and most importantly the right way.


Express Entry (EE) System is a PR visa application system which allows applicants to apply via its 3 sub-streams FSW, FST, and CEC. All applications enter an EE pool where they are ranked under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Further, IRCC holds periodic draws under 6 draw types such as:

  • General draw (includes all categories)
  • FSW
  • FST
  • CEC
  • PNP
  • Category-based draws such as:
    • STEM profiles
    • Healthcare
    • Agri-food and agriculture profiles
    • Transport profiles
    • Trade profiles
    • French language skills


Besides, applicants who match the CRS cut-off in an EE draw, get an ITA to apply for Canada PR.


Canada holds first Express Entry draw, what draw patterns to expect in 2024?

To assess, one must understand based on analysis of past available data. In 2023, when we look at all EE draws, we see Canada breaking its 2023 EE target of 82,880. Instead, IRCC issued 110,000 ITAs for PR visas. So, this means Canada selected 27, 386 more PR visa applicants in 42 Express Entry draws.


Besides. looking at the draws we see that Canada held the following number of EE draws:

  • 19 all-program draws – 76,700 ITAs.
  • 5 PNP draws – 4,396 ITAs.
  • 1 FSWP draw – 3,300 ITAs.
  • 17 category-based draws – 25,870 ITAs.


So, we can see that all program draws surpass the number of invites issued for any other Express Entry draw types. Even though in 2023, the entire immigration industry was inclined towards the category-based draws. No doubt, that the new draw category raises the chances of selection of applicants with lower CRS scores but stronger skills. 


However, as we can see the prime source of selection is the all-program draws. So, in clear words, you have multiple ways to get an ITA for Canada PR in EE draws. As a result, you will get an ITA in 1 draw-type or the other if you are smart while applying and patient when the draw results come out.


IRCC holds first Canada PR Express Entry General draw of 2024. But looking at the 2023 Canadian immigration policies, labour market, and draw trends changes, we should see a stronger focus on category-based draws. But one can not dismiss the availability of other draws.


In short, apply now for a Canada PR visa. Before any new immigration policy makes it difficult for you to qualify. So, start by taking our Free Assessment or Contact Us to learn more.

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