Express Entry: First Draw In April Issues 3,500 ITAs Having CRS Above 486 For Canada PR

Express Entry draw of April

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held the first all-program Express Entry draw of April, issuing 3,500 invitations to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence (PR). 

April 12 Express Entry draw had a higher qualifying score points than the previous all-program Express Entry draw. The latest round of invitations is the fifth all-program Express Entry in 2023 and the tenth overall. 

Canada considered older registered profiles in the federal pool by keeping the tie-breaker cut-off date as close to July 19, 2022. The tie-break rule is beneficial in cases where two or more candidates end up with the same CRS score. 

Decreased Draw Size 3,500 invitations to apply for Canada PR 
Increased Express Entry Cut-off  The minimum CRS score required was 486 (5 points higher than previous) 
Tie-break rule applied Profiles registered on or before July 19, 2022 11:05:24 UTC

Candidates from the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) were eligible for this Express Entry round of invitations. 

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.

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

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

In light of recent extension to Post-Graduation Work Permits (PGWPs), the regularity of all-program draws will benefit candidates in the Canada Experience Class (CEC). 

To assist PGWP holders, immigration minister Sean Fraser recently announced an 18-month open work permit extension.

If you’re interested in Canadian immigration through Express Entry, contact a licensed 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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