3,300 Express Entry candidates were invited to apply for Canadian PR on February 2, 2023. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was 489.
The Express Entry trend since January 2023
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Express Entry draws were held bi-weekly, with a draw happening mid-week. Since January 2023, there have been a draw per week on average, suggesting that the Canadian government will be very aggressive about its 450,000 target for the year.
5,500 candidates were invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence on January 11. The minimum CRS score was 507. One week later, the IRCC invited another 5,500 candidates on January 18 with a much lower minimum CRS score of 490. On February 1, immigration professionals all around were surprised with the IRCC's PNP- only draw. Persons who are nominated by a province receive an automatic additional 600 CRS points on their Express Entry application.
Future draws- what will they look like?
With the royal assent of new immigration law (Bill C-19) the immigration minister announced that Express Entry draws will be targeted to address the country's current job vacancies and address the country's economic priorities. As such, persons can expect to see draws being done based on skills, as opposed to CRS scores.
Is Express Entry for you?
Express Entry is the Canadian government's points-based system that assigns and ranks candidates based on factors that are being assessed. Persons in the pool with CRS scores higher than that of the draw will be sent an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.
Upon submission, the IRCC will review the documents in the application and confirm they meet the requirements. Once they do, the PR application is approved.