The Thirteenth Express Entry draw of 2023 was held on 24 May which was an all-program draw. 4800 candidates were invited to the draw.
The cut-off CRS score which was required by the candidates was 488. Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) are the three programs that are managed under the Express Entry system.
When candidates are invited from all three streams, the draw is known as an all-program draw and this draw is the first all-program Express Entry draw since April 26. On May 10, 589 candidates received Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) specific draw. This recent Express Entry all-program draw has followed this PNP draw.
Express Entry in 2023
The January draws are two weeks apart from each other and invite candidates from all programs, it is a pre-pandemic pattern that they are following. As IRCC held four program draws between January 1 and March 1, this particular pattern changed in February. In February, the very first program-specific draw for the Federal Skilled Worker Program has also been seen.
There were three draws in February and one draws each week in March. Over 21000 candidates were invited throughout March, setting a record for the second-highest number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in one month in the history of Express Entry.
From April, there was continuation of pre-pandemic pattern of one all program draw every two weeks. Express Entry candidates will be targeted on specific attributes than a high CRS score, because Bill C-19 received royal assent in 2022. Later this year, IRCC is expected to begin holding draws through which candidates will be targeted on the basis of such specific attributes.
Candidates who can fulfill labour shortage by economically establishing themselves in Canada and can contribute to the economy of the country may be invited by the immigration minister of Canada because of the bill.
There is no rigid rule to clarify when the draws will occur, the number of candidates, from which program, or the minimum cut-off score according to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. There is no obligation for IRCC to hold a draw on a specific date or follow any pattern , to put it another way.
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