Canada Conducts its First Express Entry Draw of April: Issues 3,500 ITAs


Mrunmayai Bobade
Updated on Apr 17, 2023 02:05 PM IST

In a recent all-program Express Entry draw for the month of April, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 3,500 applicants to submit applications for permanent residence in Canada. In the first quarter of 2023, IRCC issued more Canada PR than it did in the entire year of 2022.

Canada Conducts its First Express Entry Draw of April 2023: Issues 3,500 ITAs

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently released the results of the first Express Entry draw of April for Canada PR. The lowest cut-off score required by IRCC to apply for a programme was 486 as per the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), and 3,500 invitations to apply (ITAs) were sent out in total.

This Canada Express Entry latest draw follows three consecutive draws in which 7,000 applicants were invited. With a CRS cut-off score of 481, the most latest draw on March 29, 2023, also witnessed the lowest score since December 2020.

Applicants from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Programme (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Programme (FSTP) are taken into consideration in an all-programme draw.

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The Canadian government manages immigrants from lower socioeconomic classes primarily through Express Entry. Based on a variety of human capital factors, including their education level, age, job history, and language proficiency, those who are eligible for at least one of the three aforementioned Express Entry programmes may be assigned a CRS score.

In March 2023, a record number of 21,667 ITAs were given during four drawings, making it the second-highest monthly aggregate since Express Entry's introduction in January 2015.

The number of applicants invited in a single draw by IRCC in February 2021 — 27,332 Canadian Experience Class applicants — set a new record.

Canada had declared its intention to invite more than 105,000 immigrants through provincial nomination programmes (PNPs) during the next three years. Through Express Entry, 82,880 immigrants will be granted permanent resident status in 2023. That said, the IRCC has already issued more PR in Canada during the first four months of 2023 than it did during the entire year of 2022.

Further, as per the Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025, 105,500 and 117,500 Canadians, respectively, are expected to have arrived by the year 2025 after entering the nation via the PNP.

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Canada is putting an emphasis on PNPs since it will let them evaluate and nominate talented immigrants who are competent, and have job experience as well as the education required to quickly satisfy their regional objectives. This will help them handle the distinct workforce shortages of each province and territory.

In the year 2022, PNP candidates received approximately 51% of all ITAs issued, based on the statistics of 37,315 that were sent out. After receiving an ITA, a candidate can submit their application for final evaluation by an IRCC officer, who will then determine if they qualify as a potential permanent resident of Canada.

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