The 13th Express Entry draw of 2023 occurred recently, and IRCC issued 4,800 ITAs to candidates. This was an all-program draw only. Also, the least CRS score was 488. This all-program draw occurred after the last one on April 26.
Generally, the all-program draw occurs for candidates under all three primary Express Entry programs. The online system manages all three programs- the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the FSTP, and the Canadian Experience Class.
This draw occurred after the recent PNP-specific draw on May 10. In this draw, 589 candidates received invitations in this PNP draw. In a PNP-specific draw, only those who exist in the pool of Express Entry and have a provincial nomination are taken into account.
A brief of Express Entry this year
Express Entry has yet to develop a clear pattern in terms of the overall number of candidates invited, the frequency of drawings, or even the kind of draws for the entirety of 2023.
The pre-pandemic pattern of two-week intervals and invitations to all programs’ applicants for draws continued in January. When the IRCC held four draws for particular programs between February 1 and March 1, this changed in February. The first FSWP program-specific draw took place in February as well.
Three draws were held in February, and one was held weekly in March. Throughout March, around 21,000 hopefuls received invitations. Regarding ITAs issued in a single month, this was the second-highest total in Express Entry history.
The pre-pandemic schedule of one all-program draw every two weeks was resumed in April.
It is anticipated that IRCC will start organizing drawings later this year that focus on candidates for Express Entry based on particular qualities rather than a high CRS score. This was made practicable when Bill C-19 obtained Royal Assent in June 2022.
The Bill will provide Canada’s immigration minister the power to select applicants who will help the country achieve its economic objectives by relieving pressure in particular industries brought on by persistent workforce shortages.
The IRCC and the immigration minister have complete authority over the Express Entry draws. The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act has no provisions regarding the frequency of drawings, which programs will be used, the number of applicants, or the minimum CRS cut-off score. In other words, if the minister does not feel it necessary, IRCC is not required to follow a pattern or even hold draws at all.
The 13th Express Entry draw of 2023 occurred – what is Express Entry?
Three economic immigration programs for Canada are governed through the Express Entry application management system. These are the FSWP, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.
The Comprehensive Ranking System is what these programs use to assess candidates. Moreover, this approach grades applicants based on human capital elements like age, education level, work experience, and occupation. The chances of attaining an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residency are greatest for those with superior marks.
The Immigration Levels Plan 2023–2025 predicts that by the end of 2023, Canada will have admitted over 82,000 new permanent residents via a Federal High Skilled Immigration Program (Express Entry).