The fifth Express Entry draw of 2023 took place on February 15. IRCC issued invitations to 699 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 791. In the second program specific draw of the year, only Provincial Nominee Program candidates were selected. All other programs that operate under the Express Entry system were not selected this week and were maintained in the pool.
This week's draw was the second program specific Express Entry draw for the year. With 699 candidates cleared, this serves to clear pool of candidates for forthcoming draws. In 2023, much like in 2022, there should be numerous Provincial Nominee Program only draws.
EXPRESS ENTRY DRAW 241 – February 15, 2023
PNP ONLY: Candidates from Provincial Nominee Program were eligible for this round of invitations.
Number of invitations issued: 699*
Rank required to be invited to apply: 699 or above
Date and time of round: February 15, 2023, at 16:13:27 UTC
CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 791
Tie-breaking rule: February 08, 2023, at 18:09:01 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.