Express Entry Draw February 15

New Express Entry Draw: 699 PNP candidates invited – CRS 791

Today, February 15th, Canada held the second Provincial Nominee Program-only draw of 2023. This time, Canada invited 699 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 high: 791

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 191.

Further, in this round, the tie-break rule applied to candidates who submitted their profiles before February 08, 2023, at 18:09:01 UTC. Invited candidates now have 60 days to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence.

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Recent Express Entry results

The way Canada is holding draws in 2023 has been unexpected. Usually, Express Entry draws take place every two weeks on Wednesdays. However, in January, Canada held draws for two consecutive weeks after an unanticipated six-week pause following the draw on November 23rd.

IRCC implied that this pause was due to an IT system glitch caused by the implementation of NOC 2021.

That month, Canada invited 11,000 Express Entry candidates. It was the fastest start to Express Entry since it was launched in 2015.

Further, on February 1st, for the first time since June 2022, Canada invited 893 Express Entry candidates who had received a provincial nomination. Surprisingly, the next day, February 2nd, Canada held the second program-specific draw of 2023. On this occasion, Canada issued invitations to 3,300 candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Program. You can check the results in the following table:

CRS score
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

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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