Canada Express Entry Draw : Third PNP-Only Draws With 667 ITAs For PR

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 667 invitations to apply (ITAs) in new Express Entry draws on March 1. Canada invited candidates with only prior provincial nominations and a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 748 to apply for permanent residence (PR).  

This is IRCC’s sixth Express Entry draw of 2023 and the fourth program-specific draw following February 01 & February 16 PNP-only draws and February 02 FSWP Express Entry draws.   

Decreased Draw Size 667 ITAs for permanent residence 
Decreased CRS Qualifying Score Invited candidates required CRS of 748 points or above.

Receiving a provincial nomination increases a candidate’s CRS score by 600 points. Thus, eligible candidates only needed 148 points before getting provincial nomination

Tie-break rule applied?  March 01, 2023, at 17:24:39 UTC

IRCC applied 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. The latest date of the tie-break rule indicates more recently applied candidates too got a fair chance to qualify for Canada PR. 

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

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.

Qualify for Express Entry with Provincial Nomination

Data from the new IRCC status tracker shows 47,868 applicants for Express Entry programs waiting in the queue and 66,214 for PNPs, as of January 31. 

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 148 points before getting the provincial nomination to qualify for March 1 Entry draws. 

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

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