Express Entry: Canada Conducts PNP-Specific Draw
589 candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence in the twelfth Express Entry draw of 2023. The May 10 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 691. However, the score is 57 points less than the previous PNP-specific draw.
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 91.
Further, in this round, the tie-break rule applied to candidates who submitted their profiles before March 08, 2023, at 16:42:17 UTC. Invited candidates now have 60 days to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence.
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Express Entry results in 2023
Canada’s approach to conducting draws in 2023 has been unusual. Typically, Express Entry draws occur every two weeks on Wednesdays. However, in January, Canada held two consecutive draws after a six-week pause following the draw on November 23, 2022, catching many off-guard.
Additionally, on February 1, 2023, for the first time since June 2022, Canada invited 893 Express Entry candidates who had received a provincial nomination. Surprisingly, the next day, February 2, Canada held the second program-specific draw of 2023. On that occasion, Canada issued invitations to 3,300 candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Program.
In the history of Express Entry, March experienced an unparalleled surge. IRCC issued 21,667 invitations to apply (ITAs) across four draws, marking the second-largest monthly total since Express Entry was launched in January 2015.
You can check the results in the following table:
|April 12, 2023||No Program Specified||3,500 candidates invited||486 CRS points|
|March 29, 2023||No Program Specified||7,000 candidates invited||481 CRS points|
|March 23, 2023||No Program Specified||7,000 candidates invited||484 CRS points|
|March 15, 2023||No Program Specified||7,000 candidates invited||490 CRS points|
|March 1, 2023||Provincial Nominee Program||667 candidates invited||748 CRS points|
|February 15, 2023||Provincial Nominee Program||699 candidates invited||791 CRS points|
|February 2, 2023||Federal Skilled Worker||3,300 candidates invited||489 CRS points|
|February 1, 2023||Provincial Nominee Program||893 candidates invited||733 CRS points|
|January 18, 2023||No Program Specified||5,500 candidates invited||490 CRS points|
|January 11, 2023||No Program Specified||5,500 candidates invited||507 CRS points|
Proof of funds for Express Entry
A new proof of funds for Express Entry came into effect on April 25, 2023.
The proof of funds for Express Entry depends on the size of your family. Your family includes yourself, your spouse/partner, your dependent children, and your spouse’s dependent children. You need to include your family even if they are permanent residents or Canadian citizens, or they are not coming to Canada with you.
This table shows the minimum amount you need to immigrate to Canada as of April 25, 2023. If you have more money, you should list the full amount in your profile or application.
(in Canadian dollars)
|If more than seven persons, for each|
additional person, add
To find out what you can present as proof of funds, read the following article: Proof of Funds for Express Entry 2023.
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 programs
- The Express Entry process
- Minimum Requirements for Express Entry Canada
- Express Entry Points and CRS Calculator
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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