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For the first time Canada holds a Federal Skilled Workers-only draw

On February 2nd, Canada held a surprise draw and invited 3,300 candidates to apply for permanent residence. For the first time since Express Entry began in 2015, the draw targeted candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 489 points.

The FSWP is for skilled workers who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade. Applicants are normally young, highly educated, have some work experience, and know English or French.

This is the fourth Express Entry draw of 2023. Moreover, it is the second program-specific Express Entry draw. The first one was held on February 1st, and targeted 893 candidates who had previously received a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

It is important to mention that the way Canada is holding draws in 2023 has been unexpected. Usually, Express Entry draws take place every two weeks on Wednesdays. However, in January, Canada held draws in two consecutive weeks after an unexpected six-week pause following the draw on November 23.

You can check the most recent draws in the following table.

<<Glitch in the Express Entry system>>

Recent Express Entry results

February 1, 2023893 candidates invited733 CRS points
January 18, 20235,500 candidates invited490 CRS points
January 11, 20235,500 candidates invited507 CRS points
November 23, 20224,750 candidates invited491 CRS points
November 9, 20224,750 candidates invited494 CRS points
October 26, 20224,750 candidates invited496 CRS points
October 12, 20224,250 candidates invited500 CRS points
September 28, 20223,750 candidates invited504 CRS points
September 14, 20223,250 candidates invited510 CRS points
August 30, 20222,750 candidates invited516 CRS points
August 17, 20222,250 candidates invited525 CRS points

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is now expected to implement targeted Express Entry draws in the first quarter of this year.

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is an online system that Canada uses to manage applications for permanent residence under 3 programs:

If you are not familiar with these options, please click the links and read the relevant articles. Regardless, you may also find the following articles helpful.

<<Also Read: Canada to welcome up to 500,000 new immigrants in 2025>>

What to do if you receive an invitation to apply?

If you were invited to apply for permanent residence, you’ll get a message in your account telling you:

  • Which program you’ve been invited to apply for
  • What to do next

Also, you’ll need to show proof of the information you gave in your EE profile. IRCC will assess whether the information you submit in your application is different from what was in your profile. If the information is false or left out important details, IRCC could:

<<Also Read: Canada will conduct targeted Express Entry draws next year>>

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