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First FSWP Express Entry Draw Sent 3,300 New Invites For PR

Last Updated On 2 February 2023, 5:00 PM EST (Toronto Time)

Today, first Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) Express Entry Draw of 2023 sent 3,300 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residency (PR).

Applicants with CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score of 489 or above received the invitations.

This is the first Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) Express Entry draw. Below are the details of today’s Express Entry draw.

Federal Skilled Worker

Number of invitations issued: 3,300

Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,300 or above

Date and time of round: February 02, 2023, at 15:12:01 UTC

CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 489

Tie-breaking rule: March 29, 2022, at 16:09:00 UTC

If more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.

This is a good new for Express Entry aspirants with cut off score coming at 489. It seems imperative that next no program specified draw will be having CRS cut off around 480.

If next Express Entry draw comes out to be CEC only (which is more likely), then we can also witness a CRS cut off around 450-460.

Our advise to new applicants is create your Express Entry profile asap before IRCC start conducting targeted Express Entry draws as per new proposed categories.

Below is the CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of February 1, 2023.

CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of February 1, 2023

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Latest processing time for Express Entry as of February 1

As of February 1, Express Entry processing times increased for all the three categories as listed below:

  • Canadian Experience Class – 16 months
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program – 31 months
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program – 70 months
  • Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via Express Entry – 11 months

Full History of Canada Express Entry Draws since January 2022

DateImmigration programInvitations issuedCRS Score Cut-Off
February 1, 2023Provincial Nominee Program893733
January 18, 2023No Program Specified5,500490
January 11, 2023No Program Specified5,500507
November 23, 2022No Program Specified4,750491
November 9, 2022No Program Specified4,750494
October 26, 2022No Program Specified4,750496
October 12, 2022No Program Specified4,250500
September 28, 2022No Program Specified3,750504
September 14, 2022No Program Specified3,250510
August 31, 2022No Program Specified2,750516
August 17, 2022No Program Specified2,250525
August 3, 2022No Program Specified2,000533
July 20, 2022No Program Specified1,750542
July 6, 2022No Program Specified1,500557
June 22, 2022Provincial Nominee Program636752
June 8, 2022Provincial Nominee Program932796
May 25, 2022Provincial Nominee Program590741
May 11, 2022Provincial Nominee Program545753
April 27, 2022Provincial Nominee Program829772
April 13, 2022Provincial Nominee Program787782
March 30, 2022Provincial Nominee Program919785
March 16, 2022Provincial Nominee Program924754
March 2, 2022Provincial Nominee Program1,047761
February 16, 2022Provincial Nominee Program1,082710
February 2, 2022Provincial Nominee Program1,070674
January 19, 2022Provincial Nominee Program1,036745
January 5, 2022Provincial Nominee Program392808

What is Express Entry System?

Express Entry system is the fastest way to get Canadian Permanent Residency (PR). It has processing service standard of 6 months after submission of documents following the ITA.

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), a points-based methodology, is used by Express Entry to rate applicant profiles. The highest-scoring applicants are given an Invitation to Apply (ITA), after which they can submit an application for permanent residence.

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) all use Express Entry as their application management system (FSTP).

Candidates for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) who are in the Express Entry pool are already qualified for at least one of these programmes.

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