IRCC invites 699 PNP candidates for 5th Express Entry Draw of 2023

IRCC conducted the fifth Express Entry Draw of 2023 today.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued invitations to 699 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 790.

The draw was only applicable for candidates in the Provincial Nominated Program program. This was the third event-specific draw of 2023, following the results on 1 February and 2 February. The February 1 draw invited only candidates who had already received provincial nominations and the February 2 draw was program specific for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). ,

Draw pattern for 2023 is yet to be established

Typically, there is an Express Entry draw every two weeks on a Wednesday. However, the draws so far in 2023 differ significantly from the pattern established before the COVID-19 pandemic and in late 2022.

Since this year’s first Express Entry draw on January 11, there have been some notable differences in how the draws are conducted. For example, the January 11 draw occurred after an unexpected six pause, which the IRCC implied was due to an IT system glitch caused by the implementation of NOC 2021.

The next draw took place on 18 January, only a week later. The number of ITAs issued was similar to January 11 but the CRS score was much lower.

IRCC waited two weeks for the next draw on 1 February which happened as expected. However, this draw was unique in that it was not an all-program draw. Candidates were only issued ITAs if they had already received enrollment under a provincial nominating program. IRCC did not draw PNP from June 2022 only. At this point, the IRCC resumed all event draws, which were halted between January 2021 and July 2022 due to pandemic restrictions and border closures.

The most recent draw was the next day, February 2, when the IRCC issued invitations to candidates in the FSWP. This was significant because there has never been an FSWP-only draw since the introduction of Express Entry in 2015. FSWP is one of the most prominent immigration routes under Express Entry.

Express Entry draws are entirely at the discretion of the Minister for Immigration and the IRCC. There is no law in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act that determines when the draw will take place, the number of candidates, or the minimum CRS cut-off score. In theory, the draw could take place daily or once every several months if the minister feels it is the best way for Canada to meet its economic priorities.

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is the application management system for three Canadian immigration programs: the Canadian Experience Classes (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). Provincial Nominated Program (PNP) candidates in the Express Entry pool are already eligible for at least one of these programs.

Express Entry uses the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), a points-based system, to rank candidates’ profiles. Top scoring candidates receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and can then apply for permanent residence.

After a candidate applies, an IRCC official reviews the application and decides whether they are approved. Once this is completed, if approved, the candidate is now a permanent resident of Canada and one step closer to becoming a Canadian citizen.

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