In the first Express Entry draw of April 2023 held on 12th, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 3500 immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score of the invited candidates was 486. As this was an all-program draw, candidates from all Express Entry programs – Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) received invitations in the draw.
The previous three Express Entry draws held in March had invited 7000 candidates each. In the most recent draw held on March 29, the CRS cut-off score was as low as 481. The number of Express Entry invitations issued by IRCC so far in 2023 is higher than the total number of invitations issued in the whole of 2022.As per the Immigration Levels Plan of Canada for the period 2023-25, the total number of permanent residents who will be admitted to Canada through Express Entry will be 82880. In 2025, the number will be as high as 114000.
In March 2023 alone, the IRCC invited 21667 candidates in four Express Entry draws held in the month.
Express Entry draws held so far in 2023
|Express Entry draw number||Date||CRS cut-off score||Number of Invitations issued|
|246||12 April 2023||486||3500|
|245||29 March 2023||481||7000|
|244||23 March 2023||484||7000|
|243||15 March 2023||490||7000|
|242||2 March 2023||748||667(PNP-specific)|
|241||15 February 2023||791||699(PNP-specific)|
|240||2 February 2023||489||3300(FSWP-specific)|
|239||1 February 2023||733||893(PNP-specific)|
|238||18 January 2023||490||5500|
|237||11 January 2023||507||5500|
What is Canada Express Entry?
Canada Express Entry system is an online platform for managing applications for immigration under the three federal economic immigration programs, which are the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Trades Program. Under the Express Entry system, candidates are assessed and ranked on the basis of the Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score. This score is determined based on various human capital factors such as age, education, work experience, etc. Those with the highest CRS scores are invited to apply for permanent residence in the draws that are conducted regularly. The candidates who have a provincial nomination will receive 600 additional CRS score points, that will give them a better chance to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
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