Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted its third Express Entry draw and invited only PNP candidates. The draw issued invitations to 893 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates with a minimum CRS score of 733 to apply for permanent residence.
Since July 2022, this was the first program-specific Express Entry draw. The IRCC held all-program drawings between July and today. Also, the draw invited all qualified Express Entry candidates. Candidates from this draw who used Express Entry have already been nominated by their province. By receiving a provincial nomination, candidates can increase their CRS score by 600 points. In this draw, applicants were required to have a CRS score of 133 or higher in order to qualify for the Provincial Nomination.
The Most Recent Express Entry Results
After an unexpected break of six weeks between November 23 and January 11, the Express Entry draws restarted three weeks ago. IRCC held two draws consecutively. In the January 11 draw, 5500 individuals were selected with a CRS score of 507 and invited the same number of applicants was with a score of 490 in January 18 draw. The department is attempting to resume regular draws, according to IRCC.
Express Entry launched in 2015, and there have been between 23 and 30 draws annually on average. IRCC developed the system with the intention of attracting prospective permanent residents with desirable talents who might swiftly strengthen Canada’s workforce. The reason for this is that immigration contributes approximately 75% of the increase in the Canadian population and 90% of the increase in the Canadian labour force.
An Overview of Express Entry
Under the Express Entry system, skilled workers can apply for permanent residence through one of three immigration pathways, namely the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, or the Federal Skilled Trades Program, as a means of legal immigration. At the present time, eligible candidates who apply for permanent residency through these programs are given a score using the CRS (Comprehensive Ranking Score). The candidates with the highest scores are most likely to receive an invitation to apply (ITA).
Recent Changes in Express Entry System – Bill C-19
IRCC says starting this spring, candidates may be invited through categories that target attributes such as occupation, work experience, education, or language ability. Since Bill C-19 was enacted into law, the department has been creating new draw categories for Express Entry candidates.