Canada Express Entry: IRCC Holds PNP-Only Draws With 893 ITAs For Permanent Residence

Canada Express Entry 893

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 893 invitations to apply (ITAs) in new Express Entry draws on February 01. Canada invited only Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates having a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 733 to apply for permanent residence.  

The latest draw is IRCC’s third Express Entry draw of 2023 and the first program-specific Canada Express Entry draw since July 2022.  

OVERVIEW OF 239th EXPRESS ENTRY DRAWS (Program-specific)
Decreased Draw Size 893 ITAs for permanent residence 
Lower CRS Qualifying Score Invited candidates required CRS of 733 points or above.

Receiving a provincial nomination increases a candidate’s CRS score by 600 points. Thus, eligible candidates only required 133 points before getting provincial nomination

Tie-break rule applied?  December 09, 2022, at 10:49:57 UTC

IRCC applies the tie-break rule to avoid disputes in the rankings in case two or more candidates in the pool end up with the same CRS score. 

Since Express Entry began in 2015, draws have occurred regularly every two weeks on Wednesdays. IRCC continued the trend even during the long pause of draws for Express Entry managed federal immigration programs between December 2020 and July 2022, inviting Express Entry candidates from the Provincial Nominee Program.

IRCC is working to resume regular draws and make it the most preferred immigration pathway for foreign skilled workers once again.

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. 

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. 

After receiving an ITA for Canada PR, an IRCC officer reviews and decides on your Express Entry application. These candidates are more likely to integrate quickly and have a positive impact on Canada’s workforce and economy. 

The approved candidate is now a permanent resident of Canada and one step closer to becoming a Canadian citizen as immigration accounts for as much as 90% of labor force growth in Canada and approximately 75% of population growth.

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

Qualify for Express Entry with Provincial Nomination

There are close to 239,415 applicants in the Express Entry pool as of February 01, 2023, with about 80% of profiles having CRS scores above 300. 

Many immigration aspirants are known to choose Canada because of its direct permanent residence pathway. A PR invitation through the provincial nomination route is not a direct pathway, however, can guarantee your permanent residency through the addition of 600 points toward the Express Entry profile CRS score. 

Thus, eligible candidates only needed 133 points before getting the provincial nomination to qualify for February 01, 2023, Express Entry draws. 

Book your free appointment with CanApprove to know more about your chances of qualifying for immigration to Canada.

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