The first Canadian Express Entry draw of 2023 was just held on January 11th, 2023, and the first draw since November 23rd, 2022. Express Entry 237 saw a CRS score of 507 and invited 5,500 candidates to apply.
Express Entry Draw 237
Date of Draw: January 11th, 2023
Number of Invitations Issued: 5,500
Minimum CRS: 507
Program Specified: Non-specified
Tie-breaking rule: December 06, 2022 11:00:07 UTCDo you qualify for Express Entry?
Express Entry draw 237 issued 5,500 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of 507. There was no program specified for the draw, meaning that invitations were issued to candidates from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).
January 11th’s draw was the first draw of 2023 and the first in about 7 weeks. Previous draws have been seeing a gradual decrease in CRS scores from 557 to 491 at the end of 2022, but the latest draw sees the CRS score increase to 507. This is likely due to the accumulation of applications while the draws have been paused.
There were also 5,500 ITA’s issued in the most recent draw. The number of ITA’s has been increasing as draws continue. There were 750 more ITA’s issued this draw than in the last draw on November 23rd. This marks the largest all-program Express Entry draw since draws resumed last July.
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Critical labour market shortages have led many to turn to immigration as a path forward in addressing these severe shortages. The 2023-2025 plan embraces immigration as a strategy to help businesses find workers. It also aims to attract the skills required to fill key sectors, such as health care, skilled trades, manufacturing and technology. This will help to manage the social and economic challenges facing Canada in the decades ahead.
Over the next three years, Canada will increase the number of new immigrants to the country each year. Canada will aim to welcome 465,000 new immigrants in 2023. The target will rise to 485,000 new immigrants in 2024. And it will again rise in 2025 to 500,000 new immigrants. Express Entry draws will be critical to help reach these targets and welcome newcomers across the country.
The new plan also aims to increase regional programs to address targeted local labour market needs, through the Provincial Nominee Program, the Atlantic Immigration Program, and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.
In 2022, Express Entry held 23 draws and issued 46,538 ITAs for the year. This includes the first half of the year which only held PNP draws all-program draws were closed.
Express Entry is a system used by the Canadian government to manage applications for Canadian permanent residency. Express Entry uses a point-based system, the CRS, to rank candidates’ profiles. The system manages three main programs:
Applying to Express Entry is a two-step procedure. The first step is to submit your profile with the required documents. Required documents usually consist of language test results, educational credentials and passport or travel documentation.
After you submit a profile and receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence, you can submit your complete application for the IRCC to review. Your complete application should include supporting documents such as reference letters, additional identity documents, police clearance certificates, and results of a medical examination.
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