Canada Express Entry: All-Program Draws Issues 5,500 Invites For Permanent Residency 

Canada Express Entry: All-Program Draws Issues 5,500 Invites For Permanent Residency 

2023 gets off to a great start for Canadian immigration as Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its first all-program Express Entry draws since November 23. 

IRCC on January 11 invited eligible foreign nationals ranked among the first 5,500 places in the general ranking of the Express Entry pool. Candidates with a CRS score of 507 or above received ITAs for Canada permanent residence in the 237th Express Entry draws since 2015. 

Eligible foreign nationals who already qualified under Federal Skilled Worker, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades, and Provincial Nominee Program were now considered for invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residency: 

Record-breaking Draw Size 5,550 invitations to apply for Canada PR 
Lower Express Entry Cut-off  Minimum CRS score required was 507
Is the Tie-break rule applied?  Profiles registered on or before December 06, 2022, 11:00:07 UTC were invited. 

This is particularly helpful in cases where two or more candidates end up with the same CRS score. 

What is Canada Express Entry? 

Express Entry is a database management system for three Canadian immigration programs: the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). Additionally, every Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is aligned with Express Entry to nominate eligible candidates. 

Once you receive an ITA for Canada PR, an IRCC officer reviews and decides on your Express Entry application. The approved candidate is now a permanent resident of Canada and one step closer to becoming a Canadian citizen.

Take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility for Canadian immigration. 

CRS score distribution in the Canada Express Entry pool as of January 11

After the registration of candidates online, their profiles are assessed and ranked based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. These profiles are evaluated on a total of 1200 points. The human capital criteria like 

  • age, 
  • education, 
  • work experience outside Canada, 
  • language proficiency in English/French, 
  • spouse adaptability, 
  • Canadian study experience, etc. are considered for evaluation purposes. 

Further, a successful provincial nomination can boost the Express Entry CRS score by additional 600 points.

There are close to 243,255 applicants in the Express Entry pool as of January 11 with varying levels of CRS scores. There are about 72,000 profiles with CRS scores above 450 in the Express Entry pool. 

Those invited for permanent residence have 60 days to submit their applications to IRCC. IRCC aims to process most applications within 6 months or less in 2023. 

Proposed Changes to the Express Entry System in 2023

The 2023-2025 annual targets for Express Entry landings (principal applicants, spouses, and dependents) are projected at 

  • 82,880 ITAs in 2023
  • 109,020 ITAs in 2024
  • 114,000 ITAs in 2025

IRCC is expected to issue ITAs for Canada PR to eligible candidates with specific work experience, education, or language ability. The occupation group choice would depend on Canada’s prevailing market demand. 

This will impact the relevance of CRS scores in some instances and may become less vital in future draws. 

Also, read how Self-employed physicians can now apply under Express Entry for PR

If you’re interested in Canadian immigration through Express Entry, contact a CICC-registered immigration consultant like CanApprove to determine your best chances of qualifying based on your academic profile and work experience. 

Book a free appointment with CanApprove to explore immigration programs under Express Entry and boost your CRS scores.

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