Surprise All Program Express Entry Draw: IRCC issues 700 ITA

By Vijay Lala


OTTAWA – In a surprise move by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), a total of 700 candidates have been invited to apply for permanent residency through the Express Entry system. This unexpected round of invitations took place on July 4, 2023, at 14:23:38 UTC, leaving many applicants pleasantly surprised.

To qualify for an invitation in this draw, candidates needed to have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 700 or above. The CRS score is based on various factors such as age, education, language proficiency, and work experience, among others. The lowest-ranked candidate who received an invitation had a CRS score of 511, indicating the high level of competitiveness in this particular draw.

The tie-breaking rule applied for this draw was set at November 1, 2023, 09:31:32 UTC. This means that candidates with a CRS score of 700 or above who submitted their Express Entry profiles before this specified date and time received invitations to apply in this draw.

It is important to note that the IRCC may issue invitations to apply to three different programs through the Express Entry system: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trades Program. This ensures a diverse range of candidates are considered for permanent residency in Canada.

The Express Entry system is a popular immigration pathway for skilled workers who wish to settle in Canada permanently. It is designed to manage applications for three main economic immigration programs and select candidates who are most likely to succeed in the Canadian labor market.

The surprise nature of this Express Entry draw has left many hopeful applicants thrilled and eagerly preparing their documents to submit their applications. The IRCC’s decision to conduct this draw comes as a positive surprise for those who have been eagerly awaiting an opportunity to apply for permanent residency.

For more information about this round of invitations and the Express Entry system, interested individuals can visit the official Government of Canada webpage at This webpage provides additional details and insights into the invitation process and the various immigration programs available.

As the IRCC continues to conduct surprise draws, candidates are advised to regularly check the official IRCC website and stay up to date with the latest news and announcements. The Express Entry system remains a promising pathway for skilled individuals seeking permanent residency in Canada, offering numerous opportunities for those who meet the eligibility criteria and possess the desired skills and qualifications.

Disclaimer: This article is based on the information available at the time of writing and is subject to change as further updates are provided by the IRCC.

By Vijay Lala

Vijay Lala is the founder and editor-in-chief of Dual master's degrees in Political Science and Economics, along with a decade of Canadian immigration research experience, have equipped him with a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of immigration law, policy research, and settlement issues. Linkedin  Twitter

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