Express Entry Draw Mar 29, 2023: On March 29, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its latest Express Entry draw, issuing a total of 7,000 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residence. This was the third consecutive week that IRCC held an all-program draw, considering candidates from all three Express Entry programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).
The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off score for this draw was 481, the lowest requirement for an all-program draw since December 2020. This decrease in the CRS score can be attributed to the high number of invitations issued in the previous two weeks, totaling to 21,000 candidates invited.
The Express Entry system is the primary way through which the Canadian government manages economic class immigration. Eligible candidates can upload their profile on IRCC’s website and receive a CRS score based on their human capital criteria such as age, education, language skills, and work experience.
Typically, IRCC holds Express Entry draws every two weeks, inviting the highest-scoring candidates to apply for permanent residency. However, recent months have seen a shift from this predictable schedule, with IRCC holding consecutive draws in March 2023, both of which tied for the largest all-program draws ever.
The ITAs issued in the Express Entry draw 245 allow candidates up to 60 days to submit a completed permanent residence application to IRCC, which aims to process these applications within six months. If approved, candidates can become permanent residents of Canada.
Express Entry Draw 2023 Updates
|Date Of Draw||Minimum CRS score requirement||Number of invitations issued|
|March 29, 2023||481||7000|
|March 23, 2023||484||7000|
|March 15, 2023||490||7000|
|March 1, 2023||748||667|
|February 15, 2023||791||699|
|February 2, 2023||489||3300|
|February 1, 2023||733||893|
Under the Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025, IRCC aims to welcome nearly 83,000 immigrants via Express Entry this year. This target is set to increase to 109,000 in 2024 and 114,000 in 2025.
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is another leading economic class immigration pathway for Canada. The PNP enables provinces and territories to identify candidates that meet their economy’s needs and nominate them for permanent residency. A portion of the PNP operates through Express Entry, allowing eligible candidates to enter the Express Entry pool and receive an invitation from a province or territory to apply to their PNP.
In conclusion, the Express Entry draw 245 held on March 29, 2023, issued a total of 7,000 ITAs for permanent residency to candidates from all three Express Entry programs with a minimum CRS score of 481. This draw marked the third consecutive week of all-program draws and follows recent changes in the Express Entry system’s predictable schedule.
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