Second Express Entry Draw of 2024 Issues 1,040 Invitations to Apply

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  • January 24, 2024

Canada has conducted its second Express Entry draw of the year, issuing 1,040 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) under the General category.

The draw, which took place on January 23, featured a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 543 points—three points lower than the previous all-program draw on January 10, 2024, where 1,510 ITAs were issued.

The tie-breaking rule was implemented on  January 21, 2024 at 07:43:47 UTC,  determining invitations for candidates with the same CRS score. Only those who submitted Express Entry profiles before this date and time received invitations.

Key Highlights:

  • In 2023, Canada conducted 19 all-program draws and various targeted draws, contributing to a total of 110,266 ITAs.
  • The first two draws in 2024 have been all-program draws, maintaining a consistent approach.
  • The 280th overall draw, candidates have a 60-day window to submit applications, processed within the standard six-month timeframe.

Immigration Targets and Trends:

Canada set a record immigration target of 465,000 for 2023, aiming to surpass it with a target of 485,000 permanent residency invites in 2024.
IRCC issued a record 114,431 ITAs in 2021, surpassing the previous record of 107,350 in 2020.

Employer Recommendations:

Employers are encouraged to consider securing a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or nomination under provincial nomination programs (PNPs) for long-term employee retention. offers Canadian employers comprehensive immigration legal services and facilitates the recruitment of foreign nationals through, ensuring timely entry of qualified candidates.

This draw signifies the continuation of Canada’s robust immigration strategy, with a commitment to meeting high annual targets and providing opportunities for skilled workers to contribute to the country’s growth.

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