In the Express Entry latest draw held on May 24, 2023, the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited a total of 4,800 candidates. Through this all-program draw, IRCC marked a significant milestone in the Express Entry Draw History.
In comparison to the previous all-program draw held on April 26, 2023, there was a slight increase of 5 points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement. Candidates were required to achieve a minimum CRS score of 488 in order to be eligible for consideration in the latest Express Entry Draw. The candidates from the CEC, FSWP, and FSTP programs were included in this draw.
The previous Express Entry Draw was held on May 10, 2023, where 589 candidates received ITAs in a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) specific draw. In a PNP-only draw, candidates are considered only if they are in the Express Entry pool and have been nominated by a Canadian province.
As of May 24, 2023, the Express Entry Pool, managed by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), consists of 226,842 candidates. These candidates are from the three primary economic immigration programs under the Express Entry system.
The Express Entry draws in 2023 have yet to establish a consistent pattern in terms of the number of candidates invited, the frequency of draws, or the type of draw. The year began with draws occurring every two weeks in January, following the pre-pandemic pattern. These draws encompassed candidates from all programs. However, a shift occurred in February, with IRCC conducting four program-specific draws between February 1 and March 1. Notably, February marked the first-ever program-specific draw for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). February saw a total of three draws, followed by one draw per week throughout March.
March proved to be a bustling month, with over 21,000 candidates receiving ITAs, marking the second-highest number of ITAs issued in a single month in the history of Express Entry. In April, the draws reverted to the pre-pandemic pattern, with one all-program draw taking place every two weeks.
Looking ahead, it is anticipated that IRCC will introduce draws targeting specific attributes of Express Entry candidates, rather than solely relying on high CRS scores. This shift became possible with the passing of Bill C-19, which received Royal Assent in June 2022. The bill grants the immigration minister the authority to invite candidates who possess attributes that align with Canada’s economic goals. This change aims to address labor shortages in specific sectors and promote economic growth.
5 Ways to Improve Your CRS Score for the Next Draw
When it comes to increasing your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for the Express Entry system, there are several unconventional strategies that can give you an edge. Here are five non-traditional ways to increase your CRS score and improve your chances of receiving an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residency in Canada.
1. Provincial Nominee Program
A provincial nomination is a valuable asset in the Express Entry system, and it can provide a substantial boost to your CRS score. Provinces and territories in Canada have their own immigration programs, and obtaining a nomination through one of these programs can greatly enhance your profile. Explore the eligibility criteria and requirements of various provincial nomination programs to determine the best fit for your skills and qualifications.
Obtaining a job offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) has multiple advantages in the immigration process. Firstly, it provides the opportunity to work in Canada under a valid work permit, gaining invaluable experience and exposure to the Canadian job market. This experience not only enhances one’s professional growth but also increases their CRS score, making one more competitive in the Express Entry pool.
For individuals with lower Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores, obtaining a Canadian Study Permit Visa has become a popular choice. This option allows them to pursue their studies in Canada and opens up opportunities for gaining valuable work experience through the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program. The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) under the Express Entry system further provides a pathway to permanent residency for those with Canadian work experience. It is essential to select a program that aligns with your career goals and interests to maximize the benefits.
For individuals holding a visitor visa to Canada, there are pathways available to transition from visitor status to obtaining a work permit and legally working in the country. This can be achieved by securing employment through a Canadian company eligible to hire foreign workers or by leveraging personal connections to explore work opportunities. It is crucial to understand the requirements and eligibility criteria for each work permit category to facilitate a smooth transition.
Having proficiency in the French language can significantly impact your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, potentially earning you up to 50 additional points. This is particularly advantageous for candidates whose scores fall within the range of 450 to 470. The Canada Immigration Levels Plan 2023–2025 has allocated more than 4% of the immigration quota specifically for Francophone immigration.
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