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  • Sharp Drop in Crs Express Entry Draw Scores

    The latest Canadian Express Entry draw was just held. Express Entry draw 245 saw a CRS score of 481 and invited 7,000 candidates from all programs to apply.

    • Express Entry Draw 245
    • Date of Draw:  March 29, 2023
    • Number of Invitations Issued: 7,000
    • Minimum CRS: 481
    • Program Specified:?Non-specified
    • Tie-breaking rule: February 14, 2023 07:35:00 UTC

    21,000 Candidates Invited in March

    The ninth Express Entry draw of the year was just held. Express Entry draw 245 issued 7,000 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of 481. 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).

    The last 3 draws all tie for the largest all-program draws inviting 7,000 applicants in all three draws. The CRS score has also dropped significantly in these recent draws, due to the whopping 21,000 candidates that have been invited to apply recently. The increased number of draws speaks to the IRCCs dedication to reaching this years increased immigration goals and determination to keep breaking Express Entry draw records.

    Express Entry draws have had an unusual pattern this year. Draws typically have been taking place bi-weekly on Wednesday afternoons. However, the the last 3 draws have all taken place weekly and last weeks draw, took place on a Thursday morning. The third draw of the year was the first non-all-program draw since July 2022. The subsequent draw after that was the first Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) only draw to be held since the IRCC began conducting draws in 2015. Following that there were a number of PNP-only draws. Today’s draw continues that unusual pattern of having consecutive all-program draws with such a large number of applicants.

    2023-2025 Immigration Targets 

    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.

    Source: IRCC

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