Express Entry Canada Conducts PNP Specific Draw

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.

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:

CRS score
April 12, 2023No Program Specified3,500 candidates invited486 CRS points
March 29, 2023No Program Specified7,000 candidates invited481 CRS points
March 23, 2023No Program Specified7,000 candidates invited484 CRS points
March 15, 2023No Program Specified7,000 candidates invited490 CRS points
March 1, 2023Provincial Nominee Program667 candidates invited748 CRS points
February 15, 2023Provincial Nominee Program699 candidates invited791 CRS points
February 2, 2023Federal Skilled Worker3,300 candidates invited489 CRS points
February 1, 2023Provincial Nominee Program893 candidates invited733 CRS points
January 18, 2023No Program Specified5,500 candidates invited490 CRS points
January 11, 2023No Program Specified5,500 candidates invited507 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.

Number of
family members

Funds required
(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:

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.

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:

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