Canada immigration nomination issued over 21,667 invitations to apply (ITAs) to eligible immigration candidates under four Express Entry draws throughout March 2023.
In addition to it, eight provinces of Canada namely Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, PEI, New Brunswick & Quebec held 21 draws, resulting in another 8,804 provincial invitations in February 2023.
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Canada Permanent Residency Under Express Entry in March 2023
One program-specific and three all-program Canada Express Entry draws invited registered candidates to apply for permanent residence.
|Express Entry Draws – March 2023|
|Draw Number||Canada Immigration Nomination Draws||Qualifying CRS||ITAs issued|
|#242||March 01||PNP-specific: 748 points||667|
|#243||March 15||All-program: 490 points||7,000|
|#244||March 23||All-program: 484 points||7,000|
|#245||March 29||All-program: 481 points||7,000|
Canada Express Entry is a long-drawn (maximum one-year validity) two-step process.
All registered profiles are assessed and ranked on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Core human factors such as age, education, language skills, and work experience are used to calculate a CRS profile score.
The second step will involve the fortnightly nomination draws held by IRCC. The high-ranking candidates based on the CRS score get invitations to apply (ITA) for Canada permanent residency.
Further, candidates with an active Express Entry were extremely benefitted as provincial nomination will give them a chance to gain an additional 600 points towards their overall CRS score. This would effectively guarantee them an ITA for Canada PR in a subsequent Express Entry draw.
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Canada PR via Provincial Nominee Programs in March 2023
For the second time in 2023, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued the highest number of invitations. Ontario issues 3,906 invitations in five separate draws under Foreign Worker Stream, Ph.D. Stream, and Master’s Graduate Stream in March 2023.
|Canada PNP invitation round||ITAs for provincial nominations issued||Qualifying CRS score range|
|March 08 – 09||822 (HCP stream) – Targeted draw (Health draw)||469-489|
|March 10||815 (HCP stream) – Targeted draw (Tech draw)||479-489|
|March 16||344 (French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream)||400-489|
|March 16||271 (French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream)||291-489|
|March 23||746 (Skilled Trades stream)||250-489|
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) continued to hold its weekly draws.
The province invited more than 975 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination under various streams like Express Entry British Columbia (Skilled Worker, International Graduate), Skills Immigration, and Entrepreneurial streams.
|Canada PNP invitation round||ITAs for provincial nominations issued||Qualifying score|
|March 7||45 (Targeted draw: Healthcare & Educator)||60|
|229 (General draw including Tech occupations)||85-105|
|March 14||33 (Targeted draw: Healthcare & Educator)||60|
|197 (Targeted Tech draws)||82|
|March 21||51 (Targeted draw: Healthcare & Educator)||60|
|202 (General draw including Tech occupations)||85-106|
|March 30||46 (Targeted draw: Healthcare & Educator)||60|
|165 (Targeted Tech draws)||85|
|March 30||07 (Entrepreneur stream)||115|
Quebec enjoys a special arrangement with the federal government to manage its immigration targets. Accordingly, Quebec immigration has issued 1,017 Canada immigration invitations to apply in a new draw through the Arrima Expression of Interest system.
|Canada PNP invitation round||ITAs for provincial nominations issued||Targeted profiles||Qualifying CRS score range|
The province of Manitoba held two EOI draws under Skilled Workers in Manitoba, International Education Stream, and Skilled Workers Overseas streams, issuing a total of 1129 Letters of Advice to Apply for provincial nominations. Some ITAs were also issued to eligible Express Entry profiles.
Additionally, a special draw was held inviting 34 candidates from Ukraine to apply for provincial nomination.
Saskatchewan invited 550 profiles to apply for provincial nominations under Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand candidates. The qualifying score ranged between 65-84.
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PEI PNP held three scheduled draws inviting a total of 303 eligible candidates under Express Entry, Labour, and Business Impact candidates.
A total of 134 candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination under the Alberta Express Entry stream. Invited candidates needed a CRS score of at least 357 to be invited.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) are expected to target over 100,000 annual intakes through Canada Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) alone. Furthermore, Canada PNP in 2023 will target more immigrants than Express Entry for Permanent Residency.
The PNP targets for 2023-2025 are as follows:
- 105,500 in 2023
- 110,000 in 2024
- 117,500 in 2025
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