281 Express Entry draw: ITAs for General Draw Once Again

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted another draw at the end of January. This one was again for the General category meaning candidates from all three programs received invitations to apply for Canada PR

Draw number: 281

Date of Draw: 31.01.2024

CRS score cut-off: 541 points

ITAs issued: 730

Type of Draw: General Draw

Day of Draw: Wednesday

Time of Draw: 15:18:02 

Latest Express Entry Draw 281

The candidates that received invitations in this round of Express Entry draw scored at least 541 CRS score or above. This minimum requirement of the CRS score is also called the CRS cut-off of a particular round of draw. 

A total of 730 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) were issued in the 281st Express Entry round of draw. As mentioned above, the candidates that received ITA in this draw were from the Federal Skilled Workers Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program as well as Canadian Experience Class. There might be some candidates under the Provincial Nominee Program who were also invited. 

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    A Look at Previous Draws

    Recently, Canada has been putting a kind of emphasis on inviting candidates through General Draw. For instance, if we consider the draws conducted in January, ITAs were only issued for General rounds. 

    Below is a breakdown of the same:

    279th Express Entry Draw280th Express Entry Draw
    Draw number279280
    Date of Draw10.01.202423.01.2024
    CRS score cut-off546 points543 points
    ITAs issued1,5101,040
    Type of DrawGeneral DrawGeneral Draw
    Day of DrawWednesdayTuesday
    Time of Draw16:59:13 UTC16:08:03 UTC

    As you can see, both the draws were aimed at inviting candidates from All Programs or they were General draws. Moreover, the CRS score has been going down bit by bit. 

    At first, it was 546 points then 543 points, and this time 541 points. However, the usual CRS requirement is still to achieve at least 500 CRS points if you want to receive an ITA. 

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    Niyati Chaurasia

    Niyati Chaurasia

    Niyati’s specialty lies in Canadian immigration matters along with crafting helpful, user-oriented content.

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