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Canada holds first express entry draw of 2023

Canada holds first express entry draw of 2023

Today's first invitation round for programs since the Express Entry draw on November 23 is. Today marked Canada’s first Express Entry draw since November 23 and the first of the new year.

Invitations were sent to 5,500 applicants having a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 507 by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program all sought qualified applicants (FSTP). All of these initiatives work with the Express Entry framework. This draw is the largest all-program Express Entry draw since they commenced in July of last year, increasing the number of ITAs awarded. Over the 4,750 candidates who were invited by the November 23 draw, there were an additional 750 invites.

2022: Express Entry

For Express Entry, last year was exceptional. According to ministerial directives, Express Entry applicants received 46,538 ITAs during the course of the 23 drawings in 2022. This figure covers draws conducted between January and July just for participants in Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Beginning in December 2020, all-program Express Entry draws were suspended for a period of more than 18 months. 

Due to COVID-19-related travel limitations, there was a backlog in applications, which is what prompted the delay. Only PNP or CEC applicants received invites to apply during this time (ITAs). However, the IRCC also stopped doing lotteries for the CEC in September 2021. There were 35,750 ITAs in total for just all-program draws, which started in July and continued through the remainder of the year. The lowest minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was 491 in the most recent Express Entry lottery.

Express Entry is preparing for modifications

The IRCC prepared the groundwork for the anticipated changes to Express Entry in 2023 throughout the second part of 2022. As an improved version of NOC 2016, for instance, IRCC implemented NOC 2021 in November. The profession and degree of skill of an Express Entry candidate are determined using the National Occupation Classification (NOC) system.

IRCC switched from classifying skills as 0-D level to one based on education, experience, training, and responsibilities (TEER). The NOC 2016 skill levels 0-E have been amended by the new TEER system, and five new TEERS have been developed as a result. 16 additional professions are now able to apply for programs for economic immigration under NOC 2021.

Candidates who submitted a profile to the IRCC Express Entry pool were allowed to unilaterally change their NOCs to the new NOC 2021. Every position (job) shown on their IRCC profile has to be updated. Candidates will not be eligible to receive an Invitation to Apply if they do not comply with this (ITA).

According to the Immigration Levels Plan 2023–2025, which was published on November 1st, Canada will also boost the number of applicants welcomed through Express Entry programs. Through Express Entry, 82,880 immigrants will be granted permanent residency in Canada in 2023. This will rise to 109,020 in 2024 and 114,000 in 2025, or around one-fifth of Canada's total targets for admissions of permanent residents. 

These higher goals highlight how significant economic immigration is to Canada in light of the persistent labor deficit. Up to 90% of Canada's labor force growth and about 75% of population growth are attributed to immigration. The Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program all use Express Entry as their applicant management system (FSTP). Candidates for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in the Express Entry pool are already qualified for at least one of these schemes.

The Comprehensive Ranking Method (CRS), a points-based system used by Express Entry, ranks candidate profiles. The highest-scoring applicants are given an Invitation to Apply (ITA), after which they can submit a permanent residency application. An IRCC official examines the application once the candidate submits it and determines whether or not to approve the candidate. The applicant will then be a permanent resident of Canada and one step closer to obtaining Canadian citizenship if this is successful.

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