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Express Entry Draw 238
Date of Draw: January 18th, 2023
Number of Invitations Issued: 5,500
Minimum CRS: 490
January 11, 2023, marked the first Express Entry draw of 2023. The latest draw invited a total of 5,500 applicants with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 507.
The first draw of invites for all programs has been sent out following the Express Entry draw on November 23.
Candidates from various sub-categories of programs received the invitations as per their eligibility and CRS score:
This draw is the most significant all-program Express Entry draw since they commenced in July 2022, raising the number of ITAs provided to candidates. There were 750 more invites than the draw on November 23, which invited 4,750 applicants. The CRS score was also higher than it has been since the lottery on September 28.
For Express Entry, last year was exceptional. According to ministerial directives, Express Entry applicants received 46,538 ITAs during the course of the 23 drawings in 2022.
This figure covers draws conducted between January and July just for participants in Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Beginning in December 2020, all-program Express Entry draws were suspended for a period of more than 18 months.
Due to COVID-19-related travel limitations, there was a backlog in applications, which is what prompted the delay. Only PNP or CEC applicants received invites to apply during this time (ITAs).
However, the IRCC also stopped doing lotteries for the CEC in September 2021. There were 35,750 ITAs in total for just all-program draws, which started in July and continued through the remainder of the year.
The lowest minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was 491 in the most recent Express Entry lottery.
The IRCC prepared the groundwork for the anticipated changes to Express Entry in 2023 throughout the second part of 2022. As an improved version of NOC 2016, for instance, IRCC implemented NOC 2021 in November. The profession and degree of skill of an Express Entry candidate are determined using the National Occupation Classification (NOC) system.
IRCC switched from using a system based on training, education, experience, and duties to a system that classified skills as 0-D level (TEER). The NOC 2016 skill levels 0-E have been revised by the new TEER system, which also produced the equivalent of five TEERS.
16 additional vocations are now capable of applying for Express Entry-managed economic immigration programs like the FSWP or CEC under NOC 2021.
Candidates who have previously submitted a profile to the IRCC Express Entry pool were given the opportunity to unilaterally change their NOCs to the new NOC 2021. Every position (job) shown on their IRCC profile has to be updated. Candidates will not be eligible to receive an Invitation to Apply if they do not comply with this (ITA).
According to the Immigration Levels Plan 2023–2025, which was published on November 1st, Canada will also boost the number of applicants welcomed through Express Entry programs.
Through Express Entry, 82,880 immigrants will be granted permanent residency in Canada in 2023. This will rise to 109,020 in 2024 and 114,000 in 2025, or around one-fifth of Canada’s total targets for admissions of permanent residents. These higher goals highlight how significant economic immigration is to Canada in light of the persistent labor deficit. Up to 90% of Canada’s labor force growth and about 75% of population growth are attributed to immigration.
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