Express Entry Draw #297 | 3,000 CEC Candidates Selected

Express Entry Draw - 297

The Federal Express Entry draw 297 was held on May 31, 2024. This intake was under category based Canadian Experience Class picks in the Express Entry pool. The cut-off CRS score is 522 and the total number of invitations issued is 3,000.

Express Entry Draw – 297

Date of Draw: May 31, 2024 at12:48:30 UTC
Number of Invitations Issued: 3,000
Minimum CRS: 522
Program Specified: Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Tie-breaking rule: March 19, 2024 at 18:58:58 UTC

Number of Candidates in the Current Express Entry Pool

The IRCC updates the number of people in the Express Entry pool a few days before an invitation round takes place.

CRS Score Range Number of Candidates
601-1200 2,918
501-600 14,211
451-500 63,353
491-500 8,855
481-490 12,120
471-480 16,805
461-470 13,828
451-460 11,745
401-450 54,078
441-450 11,022
431-440 11,023
421-430 9,977
411-420 10,900
401-410 11,156
351-400 57,028
301-350 27,210
0-300 5,606
Total 224,404
Updated May 29, 2024

Numbers change as new profiles are submitted, profiles expire or are issued an ITA.

What are the Types of Express Entry Draws?

There are three types of invitations to apply that are issued by IRCC to Express Entry candidates in the pool:

1. General rounds of invitations

In this type of draw, IRCC will invite top-ranking candidates in the pool who are eligible for any of the three Express Entry programs:

  • Federal Skilled Workers (FSW)
  • Federal Skilled Trades (FST)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

2. Program-specific rounds of invitations

In this type of draw, IRCC will invite top-ranking candidates in the pool who are eligible for a specific Express Entry program.
An example would be a draw that only invites candidates eligible to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

3. Category-based rounds of invitations

In this type of draw, introduced in 2023, IRCC will invite top-ranking candidates in the pool who are eligible for a specific category.
The categories are based on yearly specific economic goals. Each year, IRCC will announce the selected categories that category-based draws can be based on.

For 2024, the selected categories and their eligibility criteria are the following:
1. French-language proficiency
2. Healthcare occupations
3. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupations
4. Trade occupations
5. Transport occupations
6. Agriculture and agri-food occupations

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