Thirteenth Express Entry Draw of 2023: IRCC Invites 4,800 Candidates - Green Light Canada

25 May 2023

Thirteenth Express Entry Draw of 2023: IRCC Invites 4,800 Candidates

IRCC invited 4,800 candidates in the latest express entry draw.

The Latest Express Entry Draw

In the latest Express Entry draw, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) extended invitations to apply (ITAs) to 4,800 candidates

The Express Entry application management system selected these candidates from all three administered programs.

  • The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • The Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  • The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

To qualify, candidates had to achieve a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 488.

This draw marked the first all-program draw since April 26, and it followed the previous draw on May 10, where 589 candidates received ITAs in a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) specific draw. Want to be the one invited to live in Canada? Fill out our Free Assessment Form now and evaluate your chances of immigrating to Canada.

The Unpredictable Nature of Express Entry in 2023

Throughout 2023, Express Entry has yet to establish a clear pattern regarding the number of candidates invited, the frequency of draws, or even the type of draw conducted.

In January, draws followed the pre-pandemic pattern, occurring every two weeks and inviting candidates from all programs. However, February marked a shift, with IRCC conducting four program-specific draws between February 1 and March 1. Notably, February witnessed the first-ever program-specific draw for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

March saw a significant increase in draw frequency, with one draw held weekly and over 21,000 candidates receiving invitations. This marked the second-highest number of ITAs issued in a single month in the history of Express Entry.

April reverted to the pre-pandemic pattern, with one all-program draw occurring every two weeks.


In the coming months, IRCC is expected to initiate targeted draws, prioritizing specific attributes of Express Entry candidates over solely relying on high Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores. This shift became possible with the passing of Bill C-19, which granted the immigration minister the authority to invite candidates who could best support Canada’s economic goals and address labor shortages in specific sectors.

It is important to note that Express Entry draws are discretionary for IRCC and the immigration minister. The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act does not mandate a set schedule for draws. Specify the program from which candidates will be selected, and establish a fixed number of candidates. Or determine the minimum CRS cut-off score. In other words, there is no obligation for IRCC to follow a pattern or even conduct draws at all if the minister deems it unnecessary.

Final Thoughts

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