July 1st Express Entry Draw Issues 920 ITAs in Canada

Written by

Aditya Raj

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Afreen Abbasi

Updated on

Jul 25,2024

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The first Express Entry draw of July has dropped, and it’s a big one, with 920 ITAs issued to candidates looking to live in Canada permanently. Here, we break down the draw, what it means and what to expect in the coming weeks.

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is a simplified immigration process that manages applications for three federal economic immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, and Canadian Experience Class. It ranks candidates based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which takes into account age, education, work experience and language proficiency.

How Express Entry Works?

Candidates interested in immigrating to Canada submit an online profile to the Express Entry pool. Each profile is assigned a CRS score, and the highest-ranked candidates are invited to apply for permanent residence through regular draws by IRCC. These draws happen every 2 weeks with different CRS cut-off scores and the number of ITAs issued.

CRS Score Matters

The CRS score is what determines a candidate’s ranking in the Express Entry pool. Higher scores mean you get an ITA, so it’s important to optimize your profile. Factors that can increase your CRS score are higher education, proficiency in English and/or French and Canadian work experience.

Details of the July 1st Draw

920 ITAs were issued in the first Express Entry draw of July. A big day for many candidates. The draw targeted specific categories, showing the ongoing demand for skilled workers in different sectors.

Details of the Draw

  • ITAs Issued: 920

  • CRS Cut-off Score: The CRS score was very competitive for this draw.

  • Categories Targeted: This draws targeted specific occupations that are in line with Canada’s labour market needs and economic priorities.

Date Number of ITAs Issued CRS Score
July 2, 2024 920 739
June 19, 2024 1,499 663
May 30, 2024 2,985


What Does it Mean for Candidates?

Getting an ITA is the first step to permanent residence in Canada. Candidates who got ITAs in this draw have a limited time to submit their complete application, including supporting documents and fees. Once approved, they will receive their Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and can start planning their move to Canada.

What to Expect and Trends?

The Express Entry draws give us clues to what’s to come. Keep an eye on these trends to understand the competition and adjust your profile accordingly.

CRS Score Changes

The CRS score was competitive for this draw, but future draws may fluctuate based on various factors, such as changes in immigration policies and the size of the pool. Stay informed to prepare your application.

Policy Changes

Recent IRCC policy changes and announcements will impact future draws. New immigration pathways and program changes will affect the eligibility and CRS scores of candidates. Stay informed to maximize your chances of getting an ITA.

Getting Ready for Express Entry

To successfully navigate the Express Entry process, you need to be well-prepared and strategic. Here are some tips to boost your profile and get an ITA.

Boost Your CRS Score

1. Education: Get higher education or get an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for degrees earned outside Canada.

2. Language: Improve your English and/or French language skills through formal training and get high scores in language tests like IELTS or CELPIP.

3. Work Experience: Get relevant work experience, especially in in-demand occupations in Canada.

4. Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs): Check PNPs that can give you extra CRS points and increase your chances of getting an ITA.

Full Application Preparation

Once you get an ITA, you need to prepare a full and accurate application. Make sure all required documents are complete and submitted within the deadline. Incomplete or incorrect applications can lead to delays or refusals.


The July 1st Express Entry draw of 920 ITAs shows Canada is serious about bringing in skilled immigrants to grow its economy and address labour market needs. For candidates, staying informed on the draws, boosting your CRS score and preparing full applications are the keys to permanent residence in Canada. As the Express Entry system changes, understanding it will help you navigate the way to your new life in Canada.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is an online immigration application system used by Canada to manage and process applications for permanent residence from skilled workers. It covers three federal economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class.

How are candidates selected for an ITA?

Candidates are selected based on their CRS score. The highest-scoring candidates in the Express Entry pool are drawn by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) through regular draws.

What affects a high CRS score?

Age, education, work experience, language in English and/or French and having a provincial nomination are the factors that contribute to a high CRS score. You can boost your score by improving these factors.

What to do after getting an ITA?

After getting an ITA, you need to submit a full application for permanent residence including all required documents and fees within the deadline. If approved, you will get a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and can move to Canada.

How often are the draws?

Draws are bi-weekly but can vary. IRCC posts the results of each draw including the number of ITAs and CRS cut-off score on its website.