Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced late last week that its seventh Express Entry draw of 2023 issued as many as 7,000 invitations to apply (ITAs), an all-time high number in a single draw.
The draw broke the previous record of 5,500 candidates invited in the previous all-program draw on January 18, 2023.
Candidates from all three Express Entry programmes are considered, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
In this draw, the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score was 490. This draw deviates from the trend of program-specific draws that have occurred over the last two months. There have been four program-specific rounds of invitations since the last all-program draw, three for PNP-only candidates and one for FSWP candidates.
Only 697 candidates received ITAs in the most recent PNP-only draw on March 1, 2023.
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Prior to 2023, all Express Entry draws held between July and November 2022 were all-program draws that invited over 1,000 candidates each time, and the number of invitations increased as the minimum CRS score decreased.
IRCC Report for 2021
IRCC has also issued a report summarising Express Entry data for 2021, a one-of-a-kind year in the program’s history. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all programme draws have been paused beginning in December 2020 to alleviate the backlog caused by travel restrictions and border closures.
IRCC continued to issue ITAs to candidates in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and the Provincial Nominee Program from December 2020 to September 2021. (PNP).
There were no all-program Express Entry draws in 2021, and all 42 draws for the PNP and CEC were program-specific, with no ITAs issued to FSWP or FSTP candidates.
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ITAs in 2021
64% of the 114,431 ITAs issued in 2021 went to candidates aged 20-29, who receive 100 CRS points under the Comprehensive Ranking System. After the age of 30, candidates receive fewer points. While the majority of ITAs were issued to candidates who were already living in Canada as temporary residents, some ITAs were issued to candidates living abroad.
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