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Latest Express Entry Draw 2023 Invites 699 New PNP Profiles

Last Updated On 16 February 2023, 2:02 PM EST (Toronto Time)

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

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

DateImmigration programInvitations issuedCRS Score Cut-Off
February 2, 2023Federal Skilled Worker3,300489
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

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.

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