Canada Invites 5,500 Express Entry Candidates to Apply for Immigration

Canada conducts back-to-back record-breaking Express Entry Draws

On January 18th, Canada conducted an Express Entry draw, matching in size the record-breaking all-program draw from just seven days ago. This draw considered candidates in all Express Entry programs: Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades (FST). In the January 18 Express Entry draw for immigration to Canada, 5,500 candidates were issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

Cut-off Mark for January 18 Express Entry Draw

Cut-off threshold for this draw The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cut-off threshold for this draw was 490 points, which is lower than the previous draw. Note that when this draw was first published to the IRCC website, the CRS score cut-off was incorrectly listed as 507 points. IRCC has since updated the cut-off to 490 points.

Why were there two draws in a row?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) typically holds draws every two weeks, but there is no obligation to stick to this schedule. IRCC can veer from it without notice or explanation. As such, no explanation was given for the consecutive draws. However, we can speculate that it had something to do with the seven-week pause.

Express Entry draws resumed last week on January 11

Before that, there hadn’t been a draw since November 23. Although we don’t know why the pause happened, we know that on November 16, 2022, IRCC switched the entire Canadian immigration system, including Express Entry, to the new 2021 National Occupational Classification Codes (NOC Codes). Following the change, on November 23, a broad range of glitches were reported by Express Entry candidates, including candidates not receiving an invitation despite having the requisite score. It is possible that IRCC paused Express Entry draws in order to fix the issues with the system before inviting more candidates.

Record-high immigration targets for 2023 Canada aims to admit 465,000 new permanent residents this year. A total of 82,880 admissions are expected through regular Express Entry streams and an additional 105,500 through all Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams, including those aligned with Express Entry. In order to meet 2023’s record-high immigration targets, IRCC will need to continue inviting Express Entry applicants in their inventory, so it could be a big year for Express Entry and PNP invitations. New draw numbers will be posted to this page as soon as they become available.

CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of January 18, 2022

The following chart shows the recent distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool. As of January 18, there were a total of 240,013 candidates in the Express Entry pool. The score distribution may change as people submit new profiles and other profiles expire.

Canada Express Entry Pool January 2023
Fig: Bar charts showing the distribution of candidates in Canada Express Entry Pool as at January 18, 2023 after a record-breaking 5,500 invitations.

About the Express Entry CRS

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is a score out of 1,200 used to benchmark federal economic applicants against one another. It’s a part of the Express Entry system, which was established in January 2015 to process Canadian permanent residence applications. The score is used as a cut-off point in Express Entry draws. It is designed to project a candidate’s likelihood of being economically successful in Canada.

Eligibility to enter the pool

To enter the pool, candidates must be eligible under either the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Canadian Experience Class, or Federal Skilled Trades Class. Candidates who obtain a provincial nomination through one of the Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams receive 600 additional CRS points and an ITA at a subsequent date. Learn more about jobs that are eligible for Provincial Nominee Programs.

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