Express Entry Draw Invites 7000 Candidates March 23

Canada’s Surprise Express Entry Draw Invites 7,000 Candidates

On March 23rd, Canada held a surprise Express Entry draw and invited 7,000 candidates who scored at least 484 points on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). In the eighth Express Entry draw of 2023, Canada 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), are considered to be invited.

It is important to note that the last all-program draw was held on March 15, 2023. On that occasion, Canada also invited 7,000 candidates who scored at least 490 points on the CRS. Usually, Express Entry draws take place every two weeks on Wednesdays. However, this month, Canada held draws in two consecutive weeks.

Further, in this round, the tie-break rule applied to candidates who submitted their profiles before May 19, 2022, at 06:48:41 UTC. Invited candidates now have 60 days to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence.

Recent Express Entry results

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 23rd, catching many off-guard.

Additionally, 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 that occasion, Canada issued invitations to 3,300 candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

In the draw on March 1, only 697 PNP candidates were invited to apply. Prior to 2023, all Express Entry draws between July and November 2022 were all-program draws that invited over 1,000 candidates each time, and the minimum CRS score decreased as the number of candidates invited grew.

You can check the results in the following table:

DateImmigration
Program
Invitations
issued
Minimum
CRS score
March 15, 2023No Program Specified7,000 candidates invited490 CRS points
March 1, 2023Provincial Nominee Program699 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

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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