Today, Express Entry Draw sent 699 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residency (PR) targeting profiles having a provincial nomination from one of the Canadian provinces.
Express Entry profiles having a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 791 or above received the invitations.
This is the second Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) only Express Entry draw in February 2023.
The specifics of today’s Express Entry draw are shown below.
- Provincial Nominee Program
- Number of invitations issued: 699
- Rank required to be invited to apply: 699 or above
- Date and time of round: February 15, 2023, at 16:13:27 UTC
- CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 791
- Tie-breaking rule: February 08, 2023, at 18:09:01 UTC
CRS Cut off score jumped by 58 points as compared to PNP only Express Entry draw on February 1, 2023.
Interesting thing to watch out is whether IRCC will hold another draw tomorrow or later this week? Will it be No program specified or Federal Skilled Workers or end of drought for Canadian Experience Class (CEC)?
IRCC may start conducting targeted Express Entry draws with new proposed categories after first quarter of 2023.
Below is the CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of February 15, 2023.
CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of February 15, 2023
Latest processing time for Express Entry as of February 15
As of February 15, 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
Canada Express Entry Draws
|Date||Immigration program||Invitations issued||CRS Score Cut-Off|
|February 2, 2023||Federal Skilled Worker||3,300||489|
|February 1, 2023||Provincial Nominee Program||893||733|
|January 18, 2023||No Program Specified||5,500||490|
|January 11, 2023||No Program Specified||5,500||507|
|November 23, 2022||No Program Specified||4,750||491|
|November 9, 2022||No Program Specified||4,750||494|
|October 26, 2022||No Program Specified||4,750||496|
|October 12, 2022||No Program Specified||4,250||500|
|September 28, 2022||No Program Specified||3,750||504|
|September 14, 2022||No Program Specified||3,250||510|
|August 31, 2022||No Program Specified||2,750||516|
|August 17, 2022||No Program Specified||2,250||525|
|August 3, 2022||No Program Specified||2,000||533|
|July 20, 2022||No Program Specified||1,750||542|
|July 6, 2022||No Program Specified||1,500||557|
|June 22, 2022||Provincial Nominee Program||636||752|
|June 8, 2022||Provincial Nominee Program||932||796|
|May 25, 2022||Provincial Nominee Program||590||741|
|May 11, 2022||Provincial Nominee Program||545||753|
|April 27, 2022||Provincial Nominee Program||829||772|
|April 13, 2022||Provincial Nominee Program||787||782|
|March 30, 2022||Provincial Nominee Program||919||785|
|March 16, 2022||Provincial Nominee Program||924||754|
|March 2, 2022||Provincial Nominee Program||1,047||761|
|February 16, 2022||Provincial Nominee Program||1,082||710|
|February 2, 2022||Provincial Nominee Program||1,070||674|
What is Express Entry?
The fastest method to become a permanent resident (PR) of Canada is through the Express Entry system.
It has a processing time standard of 6 months following document submission in after accepting the invitation to apply (ITA).
Express Entry rates candidate profiles based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), a points-based algorithm.
The profiles having a score higher than the CRS cut off declared in a draw receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA), inviting them to file a permanent residency application.
Express Entry system serves as the application management system for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).
Candidates in the Express Entry pool with profiles under one of the above mentioned program, having a provincial nomination get 600 extra points.