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The latest Express Entry draw

Express Entry Draw January 18, 2023 #238 – CRS Score Cut-Off - 490

The second Express Entry draw of 2023. IRCC issued invitations to 5,500 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 490. No program was specified, meaning eligible candidates were invited from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). All are programs that operate under the Express Entry system.

The CRS score at this round of the Express Entry draw was 490, which was a sharp 17 points down from 507 in the last draw. Since the Express Entry draws resumed in July 2022, the cut-off score has been decreasing consistently. In November, the minimum CRS score was 491. But, the next draw a significant rise to 507 points probably because the draw came after one and a half months.

Express Entry draws tend to occur approximately every two weeks, usually on Wednesday. Nonetheless, the fact that draws have taken place in successive weeks to start 2023 indicate IRCC’s desire to land more skilled immigrants in Canada this year. In two weeks' time, IRCC has already issued 11,000 ITAs, the fastest start since it was launched in 2015, eclipsing the previous record of 10,000 ITAs that were issued in January 2021.


All Programs eligibleCandidates from the Federal Skilled Worker, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades and Provincial Nominee Program were eligible for this round of invitations.

Number of invitations issued: 5,500*

Rank required to be invited to apply: 5,500 or above

Date and time of round: January 18, 2023 16:13:57 UTC

CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 490

Tie-breaking rule: November 24, 2022 21:14:59 UTC

*If more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is the electronic management system for applying for permanent residency. It is not an immigration category but a system to facilitate the selection and processing of Canada’s economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and a portion of the Provincial Nomination Programs.

Applicants first make an ‘expression of interest’ in immigrating to Canada by registering a profile and, if they are eligible for at least one of the aforementioned programs, they then enter the Express Entry pool. Candidates from this pool will then receive an ‘invitation to apply’ under one of the programs when they meet or exceed the points threshold.

The points of each applicant, under the express entry system, is determined by: English proficiency scores, level of education, age, and other selection factors. The points threshold changes according to the latest draw held approximately every two weeks.

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