second Express Entry Draw of 2023

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.

<<Also Read: Canada to conduct targeted Express Entry draws this year>>

Previous Draws:

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
August 3, 20222,000 candidates invited533 CRS points
July 20, 20221,750 candidates invited542 CRS points
July 6, 20221,500 candidates invited557 CRS points
June 22, 2022636 PNP candidates invited752 CRS points
June 8, 2022932 candidates invited796 CRS points
May 25, 2022589 candidates invited741 CRS points
May 11, 2022545 candidates invited753 CRS points
April 27, 2022829 candidates invited772 CRS points
April 13, 2022:787 PNP candidates invited782 CRS points
March 30, 2022:919 PNP candidates invited785 CRS points
March 16, 2022:924 PNP candidates invited754 CRS points
March 2, 2022:1,047 PNP candidates invited761 CRS points
February 16, 2022:1,082 PNP candidates invited710 CRS points
February 2, 2022:1,070 PNP candidates invited 674 CRS points
January 19, 2022:1,036 PNP candidates invited 745 CRS points
January 5, 2022392 PNP candidates invited808 CRS points

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.

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

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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:

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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