Canada has conducted its second-largest Express Entry draw of all time, issuing 7,000 Invitations to Apply.
The March 15 all-program draw featured a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 490, one point higher than the previous all-program draw, which took place on February 1.
The only draw to issue more ITAs was the stunning, Covid-inspired draw of February 2021, which saw 27,332 invites issued to Canada Experience Class candidates.
This was Canada’s third all-program Express Entry draw of 2023, with the previous two seeing 5,500 ITAs each. It has also conducted one draw targeted at Federal Skilled Worker candidates and three at Provincial Nominee Program candidates.
Canada has now issued 24,260 ITAs in 2023 after inviting 45,115 candidates in the whole of 2022.
IRCC issued a record 114,431 ITAs in 2021, to all Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Program candidates. It beat the previous record of 107,350 set in 2020.
Canada has a record immigration target of 465,000 for 2023.
The latest draw saw the tie-breaking rule implemented on February 16, 2023, at 6.33 am EST. If more than one candidate had the minimum CRS score, only those who submitted their Express Entry profiles before this date and time received invitations.
This was the seventh round of invitations under Express Entry in 2023 and 243rd overall.
Candidates have a 60-day window to submit their applications, which will be processed within the six-month standard.
What is Express Entry?
Express Entry is an immigration system implemented by IRCC which manages skilled worker applications under Federal Economic programs. This includes the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program the Canada Experience Class and parts of the Provincial Nomination Programs.
Stakeholders expect to see high numbers of invitations return as Canada builds towards its target of 465,000 new permanent residents in 2023.
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What Can Employers Do to Recruit Foreign Workers?
Employers are encouraged to consider securing an LMIA or nomination under provincial nomination programs (PNPs) to ensure long-term retention of employees.
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What Should Candidates Do Next?
CRS scores are expected to continue to fall in 2023 as Canada increases the number of ITAs issued.
Securing an approved offer of employment is highly recommended as one of the best pathways to guaranteeing an ITA in the next round of invitations.
Find out whether you qualify to Canada by completing our free online evaluation. We will provide you with your evaluation results within 1-2 business days.
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