Canada program specific Express Entry draw

Canada’s first program-specific Express Entry draw

On February 1st, Canada held the first program-specific Express Entry draw since July 2022. On that day, Canada invited 893 candidates to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence (PR).

The draw targeted candidates who had previously received a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Therefore, the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was relatively high: 733

Remember that all PNP candidates in the Express Entry pool automatically get 600 points added to their score. This means that without the nomination, the lowest-scoring candidates would only have scores of 133.

Further, in this round, the tie-break rule applied to candidates who submitted their profiles before December 09, 2022, at 10:49:57 UTC. Invited candidates now have 60 days to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence.

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

About Express draws in the past months

Canada held 24 draws in 2022. In the second half of that year (June 2022), IRCC resumed Express Entry draws under the federal high-skilled streams, after a pause of over 18 months.

This included the: Canadian Experience Class (CEC)Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWP), and Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTP).

Between July 2022 and January 2023, IRCC has been inviting candidates every two weeks on Wednesdays. Moreover, the institution has been holding all-program draws in which it was considering all eligible Express Entry candidates for invitations.

In an all-program draw, Express Entry candidates may be invited from one of the three programs managed by the Express Entry system.

Please note that, on December 7, 2022, hundreds of candidates with an Express Entry profile were eagerly waiting for the details of the bi-weekly draw. However, the expected draw did not take place and Immigration Canada did not provide any information about it. While the reason for the pause was not confirmed, IRCC mentioned that there was an IT issue in the Express Entry system following the implementation of NOC 2021. You can read more about it in the following article: Glitch in the Express Entry system.

You can also check the number of invitations and scores of the previous rounds in the following table.

Recent Express Entry results

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
August 3, 20222,000 candidates invited533 CRS points
July 20, 20221,750 candidates invited542 CRS points
July 6, 20221,500 candidates invited557 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.

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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:

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

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