The fourth Express Entry draw of 2023 took place on February 2. IRCC issued invitations to 3,330 Federal Skilled Worker candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 489. Only Federal Skilled Worker candidates were selected. This comes in the heels of a PNP selection the day prior. This week saw the PNP and FSW candidates being selected.
This weeks draw was the first program specific FSW Express Entry draw. With 4193 candidates cleared in both PNP and FSW programs this week, the points threshold holds at 489. One point lower than the January 18 draw. The CRS points cutoff is slowly decreasing and should continue to decrease as the year continues.
EXPRESS ENTRY DRAW 240 – February 2, 2023
FSW round: Candidates from the Federal Skilled Worker Class were eligible for this round of invitations.
Number of invitations issued: 3,300Footnote*
Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,300 or above
Date and time of round: February 02, 2023, at 15:12:01 UTC
CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 489
Tie-breaking rule: March 29, 2022, at 16:09:00 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.