With the labor shortage and aging population in Canada, there is a red carpet pitched for the foreign nationals to immigrate. This was witnessed in the Comprehensive Rankings Score (CRS) of 496 points announced on 15th August, 2023, through the #262 Express Entry Draw. This means that all those candidates who secured 496 points or above in the Express Entry CRS point calculation total are eligible to apply for the PR status of Canada. Further, there were a total of 4,300 applications that were issued the ITAs.
Under Canada Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025, the office of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) aims to welcome 465,000 new immigrants and foreign skilled workers in 2023; in 2024 it targets to welcome 485,000 and as many as 500,000 new immigrants in 2025.
In the recent Canada Express Entry Draw #262, there were a total of 4,300 applications which were sent Invitation to Apply (ITA)s, the number of invites with this has gone up to 77,784 in 2023 so far.
To sum, there is not an iota of doubt that this is the year for immigration to Canada and the benefits of eased immigration process by the Canadian government should be properly utilized at this moment.
The Canadian Express Entry system provides a pathway to thousands of skilled professionals to immigrate to Canada. It is one of the most popular immigration programs in the world for those who yearn for permanent residency status in Canada while enjoying many citizenships like benefits. Besides offering quicker processing times, this federal immigration system is the key pathway for Canadian permanent residency, as the candidates who get selected in the Express Entry System become eligible to receive the Invitation to Apply for PR in Canada.
Canada has the seventh-largest economy in the world and also, by far, it’s the best country in the world to immigrate. The Canadian economy has a commitment to diversity which is unmatched. It is not just a strong and powerful country despite the diversities it is a fulfilling one too, owing to the great living standards and employment opportunities it provides.
The IRCC, Canada’s top immigration body has always meticulously handled immigration concerns of all it’s fellow applicants. For the same reason, the Express Entry program is updated regularly since it has been developed. The rules and parameters by which the applicants are accessed have witnessed changes from time to time and have been set differently especially in the last few months.
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|Draw #||Date||No of Invitations||CRS Score|
|Draw 262||August 15, 2023||4,300 (All Program)||496|
|Draw 261||August 3, 2023||1,500 (Trade based category only)||388|
|Draw 260||August 2, 2023||800 (French language proficiency only)||435|
|Draw 259||August 1, 2023||2,000 (All Program)||517|
|Draw 258||July 12, 2023||3,800 (French language proficiency only)||375|
|Draw 257||July 11, 2023||800 (All Programs)||505|
|Draw 256||July 7, 2023||2,300 (French language proficiency only)||439|
|Draw 255||July 6, 2023||1, 500 (Healthcare occupations)||463|
|Draw 254||July 5, 2023||500 (STEM occupations)||486|
|Draw 253||July 4, 2023||500 (Healthcare occupations)||476|
|Draw 252||June 28, 2023||700 (All Programs)||511|
|Draw 251||June 27, 2023||4300 (All Programs)||486|
|Draw 250||June 8, 2023||4800 (All Programs)||486|
|Draw 249||May 24, 2023||4800 (All Programs)||488|
|Draw 248||May 10, 2023||589 (PNP)||691|
|Draw 247||April 26, 2023||3500 (All Programs)||483|
|Draw 246||April 12, 2023||3500 (All Programs)||486|
|Draw 245||March 29, 2023||7000 (All Programs)||481|
|Draw 244||March 23, 2023||7000 (All Programs)||484|
|Draw 243||March 15, 2023||7000 (All Programs)||490|
|Draw 242||March 1, 2023||667 (PNP)||748|
|Draw 241||February 15, 2023||699 (PNP)||791|
|Draw 240||February 2, 2023||3,300 (FSWP)||489|
|Draw 239||February 1, 2023||893 (PNP)||733|
|Draw 238||January 18, 2023||5,500 (All Programs)||490|
|Draw 237||January 11, 2023||5,500 (All Programs)||507|
|Draw #||Date||No of Invitations||CRS Score|
|Draw 236||November 23, 2022||4750||491|
|Draw 235||November 9, 2022||4750||494|
|Draw 234||October 26, 2022||4750||496|
|Draw 233||October 12, 2022||4250||500|
|Draw 232||September 28, 2022||3750||504|
|Draw 231||September 14, 2022||3250||510|
|Draw 230||August 31, 2022||2750||516|
|Draw 229||August 17, 2022||2250||525|
|Draw 228||August 3, 2022||2000||533|
|Draw 227||July 19, 2022||1750||542|
|Draw 226||July 6, 2022||1500||557|
|Draw 225||June 22, 2022||636 (PNP Specific)||752|
|Draw 224||June 8, 2022||932 (PNP Specific)||796|
|Draw 223||May 25, 2022||589 (PNP Specific)||741|
|Draw 222||May 11, 2022||545 (PNP Specific)||753|
|Draw 221||Apr 27, 2022||829 (PNP Specific)||772|
|Draw 220||Apr 13, 2022||787 (PNP Specific)||782|
|Draw 219||Mar 30, 2022||919 (PNP Specific)||785|
|Draw 218||Mar 16, 2022||924 (PNP Specific)||754|
|Draw 217||Mar 2, 2022||1047 (PNP Specific)||761|
|Draw 216||Feb 16, 2022||1082 (PNP Specific)||710|
|Draw 215||Feb 2, 2022||1070 (PNP Specific)||674|
|Draw 214||Jan 19, 2022||1036 (PNP Specific)||745|
|Draw 213||Jan 5, 2022||392 (PNP Specific)||808|
The latest requirements for Express Entry 2023 that need to be fulfilled by applicants are as under:
Comprehensive Ranking System is the way one is given cut-offs while applying to Express Entry Draw. The candidate gets a score out of 1200 which is used to benchmark one applicant against the other. The CRS has been part of the Express Entry Draw since its inception in the year 2015.
The CRS is designed such as to calculate the candidate’s chances of being economically successful during his or her stay in Canada. Thus getting a good CRS score becomes all the more essential in order to acquire your dreams to settle in Canada. To enter into the Express Entry Draw pool, the candidate must be eligible under one of the programs viz-a-viz Federal Skilled Worker Class or Canadian Experience Class or Federal Skilled Trades Class. A candidate must obtain at least the cut-off CRS to become eligible for PR.
If a candidate has provincial nomination obtained through on the Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams, he or she receives an additional 600 CRS points along with an invitation to apply for the next draw from the pool.
If a candidate has a high proficiency in English or French, a single candidate can get up to 260 points while a couple can get 270 points. Since there are only a limited number of ITAs, hence it is always a good idea to increase your CRS score. If you are applying as a couple, check if your partner can get a higher score and if so then apply under their name. Increased work experience under NOC 0/A/B skill level can also increase your chances for PR.
Implemented in January 2015, Express Entry is an online system that is used for managing immigration applications from aspirants who are looking for permanent residency in Canada. Below are the steps you are required if you want to participate in the Express Entry System and fulfill your dreams to settle in Canada.
Step 1: Find out if you’re eligible for Canada PR
First of all, find out if you are eligible to apply for permanent residency in Canada.
Express Entry manages applications for four economic immigration programs:
Find out if you’re eligible to participate in any of the programs which fall under the Express Entry System.
Answer a few questions using Come to Canada tool and check if you meet the minimum requirements and criteria set by the program. Or read the detailed requirements for each program Canadian permanent residence.
Step 2: Gather your documents
To obtain the PR Visa in Canada, you need certain documents such as language test results, which will confirm your eligibility for Express Entry. Some documents may take a long time to receive, so gather all your documents on time and get them ready before you apply for PR in Canada.
Step 3: Submit your Express Entry profile
Submit information about yourself and create your Express Entry profile. If you’re eligible, you will successfully enter into the pool of candidates. From here, your journey to your favorite destination Canada has now begun.
Upon submitting the Express Entry profile, you’ll be ranked in the Express Entry pool using a points-based system. Your score shall be based on the information in your profile and credential assessment.
Step 4: Receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence
The candidates with the highest scores in the pool will be sent the invitations to apply. Once you receive the Invitation, make sure to submit your application for permanent residence within a timeframe of 60 days.
Please note that while creating your express entry profile and submitting your details for the Permanent Residency Visa, you need to pay utmost attention to the details you are filling in. Try to submit the maximum details about yourself. The most completed and accurate applications that have all the supporting documents in 6 months or less are given higher preference by IRCC.