Important! Canada invites 5,500 Express Entry candidates in second draw of 2023 – CRS score 490
On January 18th, Canada held a surprise draw and invited 5,500 candidates to apply for permanent residence. This is the second Express Entry draw of 2023 and also the fastest start to Express Entry since it was launched in 2015. In less than a month Canada has invited 11,000 Express Entry candidates. Moreover it held these draws in two consecutive weeks.
The January 18th draw didn’t target a specific program. This means that candidates from the Canadian experience class (CEC), Federal skilled worker class (FSWP), and Federal Skilled Trades (FSTP) were eligible to be invited. Moreover, invited candidates had a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 490 points. It is 17 points less than the previous draw.
In this round, the tie-break rule applied to candidates who submitted their profiles before November 24, 2022, 21:14:59 UTC. Invited candidates now have 60 days to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence.
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Canada held 24 draws in 2022. In the second half of that year, IRCC resumed Express Entry draws under the federal high-skilled streams, after a pause of over 18 months.
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What is Express Entry?
Express Entry is an online system that Canada uses to manage applications for permanent residence under 3 programs:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP): 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.
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP): skilled workers with foreign work experience who want to immigrate to Canada permanently. Applicants in this group are normally licensed plumbers, welders, etc.
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC): skilled workers who have at least one year of full-time Canadian work experience in a professional capacity.
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.
- The Express Entry process in Canada
- Comparing Express Entry programs
- Canada to conduct targeted Express Entry draws in 2023
- Minimum Requirements for Express Entry Canada
- Express Entry Points and CRS Calculator
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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:
- Refuse your application
- Find you inadmissible
- Bar you for 5 years from applying to come to Canada for any reason
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