CRS Drops Below 500 In Yet Another Express Entry Draws For Canada PR

CRS Drops Below 500 In Yet Another Express Entry Draws For Canada PR

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held another Express Entry round of nominations in two consecutive weeks. The second Express Entry draws for Canada  PR of 2023 invited eligible foreign nationals qualifying for Federal Skilled Worker, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades, or Provincial Nominee Programs. 

January 18 draw invited eligible profiles ranked among the first 5,500 places in the general ranking of the Express Entry pool. The required qualifying CRS score dropped 17 points to 490 in the 238th Express Entry draws since 2015. 

Canada express entry provides a direct pathway to skilled workers with enough work experience to qualify for permanent residence (PR). IRCC has already issued 11,000 Express Entry invitations to apply (ITAs) to eligible foreign nationals for Canada PR.  

Record-breaking Draw Size 5,550 invitations to apply for Canada PR 
Decreased Express Entry Cut-off  The minimum CRS score required was 490 
Is the Tie-break rule applied?  Profiles registered on or before November 24, 2022, 21:14:59 UTC. 

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 18

There are close to 240,013 applicants in the Express Entry pool as of January 18, 2023, with varying levels of CRS scores. There are about 67,800 profiles with CRS scores above 450 in the Express Entry pool and another 49,000 profiles above 400. 

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.

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. 

Outlook of Canada 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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