Canada invited 5,500 Express Entry candidates in the first all-program invitation round of 2023.
This round of the draw was conducted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and had a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cutoff score of 507 points.
Eligible candidates were invited from Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) in this invitation round, held on January 11.
This invitation round saw the largest number of Express Entry candidates issued invitations to apply (ITAs) since all-program Express Entry draws resumed last July after being paused for more than 18 months starting in December 2020 due to a growing backlog of immigration applications.
This all-program Express Entry invitation round was also the first since November 23, 2022.
IRCC held 23 draws in 2022, in which 46,538 ITAs for Canadian immigration were issued to Express Entry candidates.
According to Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan 2023-25, 82,880 new permanent residents will be welcomed in 2023 through the Express Entry pathway.
The number of new permanent residents admitted to Canada will increase to 109,020 in 2024 and 114,000 in 2025 as Canada works on improving its workforce and population growth.
Express Entry is Canada’s application management system for three immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Applicants submit their profiles to the Express Entry pool and are given points according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) based on a number of factors, such as age, education, work experience and English proficiency.
The highest-scoring candidates are selected in perioding invitation rounds and invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada.