IRCC held the first Express Entry draw of 2023

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Express Entry draw of 2023

IRCC held the first Express Entry draw of 2023 On January 11, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 5,500 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to candidates under Express Entry. In the first Express Entry draw of 2023, IRCC continued inviting candidates under all immigration programs. 


In the first Express Entry draw of 2023 In round #237, the cut-off score was 507 points, 16 points more than the previous draw. The tie-breaking rule for this round was December 6, 2022, at 11:00:07 UTC. As of January 11, 2023, there are 243,255 profiles registered in the Express Entry pool, 11,040 more than the previous update. Last year, Canada issued 46,538 ITAs through Express Entry.


There was no specific program targeted by the first Express Entry draw of 2023. This means that applicants from the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades (FSTP) were qualified to receive invitations. A minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 507 points was also required for invited candidates. There are 16 extra points than in the last draw.


Canada 2023 – 2025 Immigration Target 

The immigration strategy is encouraged by the 2023–2025 plan as a way to help businesses in filling positions. In addition, it aims to attract talent for key fields including technology, manufacturing, and skilled trades. The social and economic challenges Canada will face in the coming decades will be easier to manage as a result.

The number of new immigrants coming to Canada will grow during the following three years. Towards the middle of 2023, Canada plans to welcome 465,000 new immigrants. 485,000 new immigrants will be the target by 2024. 500,000 more immigrants will be recruited in 2025. Express Entry draws will be important in achieving these goals and helping in the welcoming of immigrants across the globe.

The new plan also aims to expand regional initiatives like the Provincial Nominee Program, the Atlantic Immigration Program, and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot to address specific local labor market requirements.

Express Entry conducted 23 draws and issued 46,538 ITAs in 2022. This includes the first half of the year when all other program draws were closed and just PNP draws were conducted.


What is Express Entry?

Three of Canada’s federal economic immigration programs for skilled workers are managed and processed through Express Entry, an application management system used by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Express Entry is a merit-based immigration system that compares all qualified candidates and invites the top-scoring candidates to apply for Canadian permanent resident status. Candidates are compared to one another based on a variety of factors, including age, education, language ability, work experience, and others.

Canada utilizes an online system called Express Entry to handle applications for three different types of permanent residency:

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP): skilled workers seeking to immigrate to Canada permanently and who are qualified in a skilled trade. The majority of applicants are young, well-educated, have some work experience, and speak either English or French.

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP): skilled workers seeking permanent immigration to Canada who have foreign work experience. Most of the applicants in this category are qualified welders, plumbers, etc.

Canadian Experience Class (CEC): Skilled workers that have at least one year of professional, full-time job experience in Canada are classified as Canadian Experience Class (CEC) workers.


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