11 May 2023
IRCC Extends Invitations to Express Entry Candidates in PNP-Specific Draw
IRCC Conducts Twelfth Express Entry Draw of 2023, Invites Candidates through PNP-Specific Draw
The twelfth Express Entry draw of 2023 was recently conducted by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). 589 invitations to apply (ITAs) were explicitly issued to candidates who participated in the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
To be eligible for consideration, candidates must possess a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 691.
PNP-specific draws focus on candidates already part of the Express Entry pool and have also received a nomination from a Canadian province. This marks the fourth PNP-specific draw of the year, with the previous one taking place on March 1 and inviting 667 candidates. All draws have encompassed candidates from all Express Entry programs
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An Overview of Express Entry in 2023 Till Today
Following the April 26 draw that invited 3,500 candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 483, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently conducted another draw. It is worth noting that the number of candidates invited in each draw has been reduced by half compared to March’s impressive figures. In March, IRCC invited over 21,000 candidates across four consecutive draws, with three of them inviting 7,000 candidates each.
March’s invitation count was the second-highest in Express Entry history, only surpassed by a draw in February 2021 that granted Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to 27,332 candidates in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program.
April witnessed a tentative return to the regular draw schedule, with draws typically taking place every second Wednesday. This pattern persisted until late 2022 and throughout March 2023. However, draws were held weekly in March, deviating from the bi-weekly schedule.
Moreover, both March and April demonstrated a shift back to all-program draws. January and February of this year primarily featured program-specific draws for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Nonetheless, on February 2, IRCC made history by conducting the first-ever program-specific draw exclusively for the Federal Skilled Workers Program.
These recent developments reflect the dynamic nature of Express Entry and its continuous evolution to meet the changing needs of Canada’s immigration system.
Revised Requirements for Proof of Funds in Immigration Applications
On May 2, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced revisions to the proof of funds requirements for Express Entry applicants intending to settle in Canada. All Express Entry candidates must demonstrate their financial capacity by providing proof of funds.
However, candidates in the Canadian Experience Class and those with a valid job offer and authorization to work in Canada. Are exempt from the proof of funds requirement. This exemption applies even if they apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program or the Federal Skilled Trades Program.
To maintain their eligibility in the Express Entry system. Candidates must update their profiles to confirm that they possess the necessary amount of settlement funds.
IRCC annually updates the specified amount, determined as 50% of the low-income cut-off totals. The required settlement funds vary based on the number of individuals the candidate must be capable of supporting.
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