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This draw equals the size of that of the largest-ever all-program draw, which was conducted on March 15. The number of candidates invited to that draw was also 7000 and the minimum CRS score was 490 to be eligible for the ITA. The previous high record was marked on January 18, with a total of 5,500 ITAs sent.
This draw came as a surprise to the candidates as it was the second-consecutive week draw by IRCC. As per the guidelines, the IRCC conducts Express Entry draws bi-weekly. Also, it was a tie with the largest all-program draw ever, the 7,000 ITAs showing the second-largest Express Entry draw size of all time, behind the record-creating CEC-only draw that took place in February 2021.
All draws conducted between July and November 2022 included all the programs. And, the smallest draw on this record was on July 6, which invited just 1,500 candidates. That was the first-ever all-program draw after the draws were halted due to Covid.
Several Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) holders seeking permanent residence received a reprieve from IRCC last week. PGWP holders will receive an 18-month Open Work Permit extension, which they can apply for on the IRCC website starting on April 6, as a result of the recent irregularities in Express Entry draws that have harmed PGWP holders eligible under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser made the announcement in response to these issues. The number of PGWP holders who can apply for Express Entry ITAs will increase as a result. By the end of 2022, according to IRCC, there were around 286,000 PGWP holders in Canada.