Express Entry Draw 280: Another General round of invitations

IRCC announced the second consecutive general Express Entry draw 280 on Tuesday, 23rd January 2024. 

Draw number: 280

Date of Draw: 23.01.2024

Day of Draw: Tuesday

Time of Draw: 16:08:03

CRS score cut-off: 543 points

ITAs issued: 1040

Type of Draw: General Draw

This is the second Express Entry draw in the year 2024. Both the rounds of invitations have been all-program or general draws. Moreover, the CRS score cut-off for the 280th Express Entry draw is marginally lower by 3 points. Nevertheless, the ITAs continue to drop by 470 invitations. This drop is likely due to the introduction of the category-based selections that have made general draws relatively competitive. 

Differences between a General draw and category-based Express Entry draws

General/all-program Express Entry DrawsCategory-based Express Entry Draws
General draws issue ITAs to all Express Entry profiles that are eligible in any one of the following programs:
1. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
2. Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
3. Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
4. Provincial Nominees in the federal pool
Category-based selections issue ITAs to applicants in the federal pool based on one of the six occupations or categories:
Agriculture and Agri-food jobs
French proficiency
General Draws usually have a higher CRS score that makes them competitive.The CRS score cut-off for the Category-based selections depends upon the occupation for which the ITAs are announced. For instance, the cut-off for the Agri-food and agriculture category is lower than the STEM category.

In 2024, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) aims to invite as many as 116,000 immigrants through Express Entry. Thus, this is the year to consult a CICC-licensed immigration consultant and create an Express Entry profile. With the category-based selections, getting an ITA has become easier than it ever was. 

Since Express Entry Draw 280 was a consecutive general draw, there might be another draw this week. Keep visiting Talent Connected Worldwide for all the latest updates on Express Entry and Canada Immigration.

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Athena Campbell

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