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The latest Express Entry draw

Express Entry Draw 243 - March 15, 2023   – CRS Score Cut-Off - 490

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The Seventh Express Entry draw of 2023. IRCC issued invitations to 7,000 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.

EXPRESS ENTRY DRAW 243 – March 15, 2023

ALL PROGRAMS: Candidates from all Programs were eligible for this round of invitations.

Number of invitations issued: 7,000

Rank required to be invited to apply: 490 or above

Date and time of round: March 15, 2023 17:08:16 UTC

CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 490

*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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