Recently, IRCC holds the eleventh Express Entry draw of 2023 and issued 3500 invitations to apply (ITAs) with a minimum CRS score of 483. Express Entry is an application management system that was incepted in 2015 to assess candidates from the three economic class immigration programs: the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).
Express Entry uses the Comprehensive Ranking System to assess the candidates based on human capital factors such as work experience, occupation, language ability, and education. The applicants who scored the highest are most likely to get an invitation to apply. If an applicant receives an ITA, they have 60 days to submit their application for permanent residence to IRCC. With an express entry system in place, Canada can attract highly skilled individuals who are likely to economically establish themselves in the country.
Types of Express Entry Draws
In an all-program express entry draw, applicants are considered from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).
The April 12 draw has issued invitations to half the number of candidates that were invited in the draws held on March 15, March 23, and March 29, all of which invited 7000 applicants each over two weeks instead of the usual bi-weekly draws. Also, it raised the minimum CRS score from 481 to 486.
Milestones Achieved in March
The month of March witnessed over 21,000 ITAs in a single month. This number was the second-highest number of ITAs issued in the history of Express Entry. The highest number of ITAs issued in a month was when 27,332 CEC applicants were invited in a single draw in February 2021.
The first draw held in March for 7,000 applicants was the largest all-program express entry draw. The following two draws repeated the same number and invited 21,000 candidates in two weeks and a monthly total of 21,667 ITAs. The leftover 667 ITAs were issued in March 1 draw that targeted only PNP candidates.