IRCC invites 4,800 candidates in the latest Express Entry draw

Posted May 24, 2023 at 12:45 pm EDT

IRCC has invited candidates in the thirteenth Express Entry draw of 2023.

IRCC has invited candidates in the thirteenth Express Entry draw of 2023.

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 4,800 invitations to apply (ITA) to the candidates in a lottery of all the programs.

Candidates required a minimum Comprehensive rating system score of 488.

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This draw follows the most recent draw on May 10 in which 589 candidates received ITA in a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) specific draw. In a PNP-only draw, candidates are in the Express Entry group under Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), or the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and have also been nominated by a Canadian province.

Express Entry in 2023

Express Entry through 2023 has yet to establish a strong pattern in terms of the number of candidates invited, the frequency of draws, or even the type of draw.

The January draws followed the pre-pandemic pattern of being two weeks apart and inviting candidates from all programs. This changed in February when IRCC held four program-specific draws between February 1 and March 1. February also saw the first program-specific draw for the FSWP.

There were three draws in February and one draw each week in March. More than 21,000 candidates were invited throughout March. This was the second highest number of ITAs issued in a month in Express Entry history.

April resumed the pre-pandemic pattern of a program-wide giveaway every two weeks.

Later this year, the IRCC is expected to start running draws targeting Express Entry candidates on specific attributes rather than a high CRS score. This was made possible when Bill C-19 received Royal Assent in June 2022.

The bill will give Canada’s immigration minister the authority to invite candidates who can best support Canada in its economic goals by easing pressure on specific sectors caused by chronic labor shortages.

Express Entry draws are entirely at the discretion of IRCC and the immigration minister. Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, there is no rule that says when the draws will be held, from which program, the number of candidates, or the minimum CRS cutoff score. Put another way, there is no obligation for IRCC to follow a pattern or even run draws if the minister does not deem it necessary.

What is Express Entry?

The Express Entry application management system oversees three Canadian economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Programhe Federal Skilled Trades Programand the Canadian Experience Class.

Candidates in these programs are evaluated using the Comprehensive rating system (CRS). The system assigns scores to candidates based on human capital factors such as language ability, education, work experience, occupation, and age. Those who receive the highest scores are the most likely to get a invitation to apply for permanent residence.

According to the Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025Canada will admit more than 82,000 new permanent residents through a federal highly-skilled immigration (Express Entry) program by the end of 2023.

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