Canada PR Surge in 3rd Quarter of 2024- Express Entry Continues to prefer In-demand occupations

Express Entry Continues to prefer In-demand occupations

At the beginning of the 3rd quarter of 2024, a wave of good news has washed over Canadian immigration. In the first week of July 2024, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a staggering 6,470 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) through three separate Express Entry draws. This significant increase in invitations signifies a potential shift towards a more open Express Entry system in 2024, offering exciting possibilities for aspiring Canadian permanent residents.

Lower CRS Scores and Category-Based Draws: A Boon for Skilled Workers

Two of the draws conducted on July 4th and 5th specifically targeted candidates with in-demand skills. These category-based draws resulted in surprisingly low CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) cut-off scores of 436 and 445 respectively. This marks a significant decrease compared to earlier general draws in 2024, where scores typically hovered in the high 600s.

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 Number of Invitations

CRS Score

Draw Type





PNP only





Category-based -Trade Occupations





Category-based- Healthcare Occupations





This shift towards category-based draws with lower CRS requirements is excellent news for skilled workers whose professions align with Canada's labour market needs. With these draws, specific occupations are prioritized, allowing skilled individuals in those fields a better chance of receiving an ITA.

Why Now is a Prime Time to Pursue Canada PR

The high number of invitations issued in the first week of July suggests that IRCC is aiming to meet its ambitious immigration targets for 2024, i.e. inviting 110,770 new permanent residents. This creates a unique opportunity for skilled workers with in-demand occupations or proficiency in French language to leverage the current Express Entry landscape and potentially secure their Canadian Permanent Residency.

Six categories chosen for Category based EE Draws in 2024

  • A strong French language proficiency or
  • Work experience in one of the below fields:
    • healthcare
    • science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
    • trades, such as carpenters, plumbers and contractors
    • transport
    • agriculture and Agri-food

Here's why you should consider applying now:

  • Increased Invitation Issuance: The sheer volume of ITAs being issued significantly improves your chances of receiving an invitation compared to previous months.
  • Lower CRS Cut-Off Scores for Specific Skills: Category-based draws with lower CRS requirements open doors for skilled workers in high-demand occupations.
  • Fast-Track Your PR Journey: Express Entry offers a relatively faster pathway to Canadian Permanent Residency compared to other immigration streams.

How Visas Avenue Can Help You Secure Your Canadian PR in 2024

At Visas Avenue, our team of experienced immigration consultants can guide you through every step of the Express Entry process. We will:

  • Assess your eligibility for Canadian immigration programs, focusing on finding the best fit for your skills and experience.
  • Optimize your CRS score to maximize your chances of receiving an ITA.
  • Prepare a compelling Express Entry profile that showcases your qualifications and aligns with Canada's labour market needs.
  • Provide ongoing support and guidance throughout the application process.

With the current trends in Express Entry offering a positive outlook for skilled workers, there's no better time to embark on your Canadian immigration journey. Contact Visas Avenue today for a free assessment and let us help you turn your dream of living in Canada into reality. You may call VA migration expert at on Toll-Free No. 78-18-000-777 or you can drop us an e-mail at