Express Entry is the most popular and fastest way of getting permanent residency in Canada.
However, new NOC coding, technical glitches, new funds requirements, and resumption of all program draws makes it worthy to take a look back at Express Entry system this year and trend of CRS score (Comprehensive Ranking System) to plan for 2023.
As we know Express Entry draws are usually held bi-weekly, but there hasn’t been a draw since November 23 due to ongoing technical glitches post implementation of new NOC codes.
For all the applicants in Express Entry pool as well as future applicants, it is important to understand the CRS cut off trend in 2022.
In this article, we enlist new changes and events highlighting Canada’s most famous Express Entry system and trend of cut off scores as well as draws in 2022.
If you are an Express Entry applicant waiting in pool OR planning on applying OR already applied, then read this article until end to understand the series of events this year.
Express Entry PNP Only Draws
Year 2022 began with PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) only draws with the pause on Federal High Skilled (FHS) Express Entry Draws (Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Worker Program) since December 2020.
November 24, 2021 IRCC memo already revealed that there was no need for FHS draw for the first half of 2022. But, the memo provided a ray of hope that at least all program draws will resume in the later 2022.
Total of 10,789 Express Entry profiles were invited until resumption of all program draws on July 6, 2022. Lowest cut off in these PNP only draws was 674 inviting 1,070 candidates.
It is important to mention here that PNP gives 600 additional points, so Express Entry profiles invited in this lowest cut off PNP only draw only had CRS score of 74 before receiving the provincial nomination.
This is the reason that most of Canada permanent residency aspirants moved their focus to PNP.
Below listed are all the PNP only draw in 2022. Please note that Express Entry profiles having provincial nominee are always eligible for “all program” or “no program specified” Express Entry draw.
|Date||Number Of Invitations||CRS Cut Off Score|
|June 22, 2022||636||752|
|June 8, 2022||932||796|
|May 25, 2022||590||741|
|May 11, 2022||545||753|
|April 27, 2022||829||772|
|April 13, 2022||787||782|
|March 30, 2022||919||785|
|March 16, 2022||924||754|
|March 2, 2022||1,047||761|
|February 16, 2022||1,082||710|
|February 2, 2022||1,070||674|
|January 19, 2022||1,036||745|
|January 5, 2022||392||808|
All Program Express Entry Draws Resume On July 6, 2022
Finally, “All Program” or “no program specified” Express Entry draws resumed on July 6, 2022 after a drought since December 2020.
This draw invited only 1,500 candidates having a high cut off score of 557. IRCC commentary around this draw was that they will “gradually” increase the number of invites in upcoming draws.
Since July 6, 2022 CRS cut off score has dropped from 557 to 491. Number of invitations increased gradually, but are now stabilized at 4,750 invitations as per last 3 draws.
|Date||Number Of Invitations||CRS Cut Off Score|
|November 23, 2022||4,750||491|
|November 9, 2022||4,750||494|
|October 26, 2022||4,750||496|
|October 12, 2022||4,250||500|
|September 28, 2022||3,750||504|
|September 14, 2022||3,250||510|
|August 31, 2022||2,750||516|
|August 17, 2022||2,250||525|
|August 3, 2022||2,000||533|
|July 20, 2022||1,750||542|
|July 6, 2022||1,500||557|
When Will Express Entry CEC Only Draws Resume?
Canadian Experience Class (CEC) only draws usually have low CRS cut off scores and is the best option of international students on post graduate work permit (PGWP) or employer specific work permit to get permanent residency in Canada.
Lowest CRS cut off score for CEC only draw was 357 in June and July of 2021 inviting 10,500 Express Entry profiles.
However, there has not been any Express Entry Canadian Experience Class (CEC) draw since September 2021. As a result, CEC profiles have to compete against high cut off score in “no program specified draws.”
In the wake of now CEC only draw, IRCC introduced temporary public policy to extend expiring PGWP for 18 months. This new policy was to ensure that international students eligible for CEC didn’t get a fair chance to get permanent residency.
As of now this policy is applicable only to PGWP expiring before December 2022. Any PGWP expiring in new year 2023 will not be eligible under this temporary policy.
So, new year may bring good news for international students on PGWP. IRCC may resume CEC only draw in January 2023 since this policy will no longer be effective. Or they will have to extend this temporary policy.
Below is the latest available CRS score distribution in the Express Entry pool as of November 22, 2022 just before the last draw on November 23.
|CRS score range||Number of candidates|
New Express Entry Funds Requirement
This is only applicable to Express Entry Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP) and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).
However, applicants under these categories don’t need proof of funds if they have authorization to work in Canada with a valid job offer.
(in Canadian dollars)
|For each additional family member||$3,586|
What Are Current Processing Times For Express Entry?
IRCC has a service standard of processing Express Entry applications within 6 months of uploading all the documents.
However, processing times have been longer than 6 months; although, IRCC minister recently announced that have now achieved service standard of processing, 80% of the new Express Entry profiles within 6 months.
Below list are the current processing times as of December 29, 2022. This is an average of processing 80% of the Express Entry applications in last 6 months.
|Application Type||Current Processing Time|
|Canadian Experience Class (CEC)||20 months|
|Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)||29 months|
|Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)||62 months|
|Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via Express Entry||13 months|
More Express Entry News in 2022
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