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In the most recent Express Entry draw, Canada invites 3,750 applicants. In the most recent Express Entry draw, Canada invites 3,750 applicants

January 10, 2018by Navyah Immigration0

with a CRS score that is 504 points lower than in the previous round.

On September 28, 2022, Canada hosted its most recent all-program Express Entry draw. This was the seventh all-program draw since they resumed on July 6.


IRCC sent invitations to 3,750 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 504. Since this was an all-program draw, invitations were extended to qualified candidates from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), all of which use the Express Entry system.

This draw is the third in a row when there were 500 more invites sent out than in the previous round. 3,250 candidates were invited to the September 14 draw, while 2,750 were invited to the August 31 draw. The CRS is likewise at its lowest level since all-program drawings have restarted. Since the CRS scores peaked at 557 on July 6, they have been gradually declining. Scores dropped by eight or nine points for each of the first five draws. Only six points were lost in the draw on September 14; the same was true for this week.

All Express Entry programme draws were put on hold for more than 18 months starting in December 2020 due to a backlog of applications brought on by COVID-19-related travel restrictions.

Backlog is decreasing


According to data recently issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), between July and August 31, the backlog for all applications fell from 2.7 million to 2.6 million. The quantity of Express Entry applications waiting to be processed will also decrease as a result. There were 51,616 people in the Express Entry database as of the end of July. That number was down to 40,180 as of August 31—a drop of more than 10,000 applications in roughly six weeks.

The majority of the applications currently in the inventory are from PNP applicants. This is significant since certain PNPs, also known as enhanced nominations, are compatible with Express Entry schemes. The backlog of applications under enhanced PNPs has diminished, according to IRCC.

Express Entry inventory


Immigration program Persons as of August 31
Federal Skilled Workers (EE) 11,669
Canadian Experience Class (EE) 5,214
Skilled Trades (EE) 299
Provincial/Territorial Nominees (EE) 22,998
Total 40,180

Through Express Entry programmes, Canada has extended invitations to 28,039 immigrants so far in 2022. This relates to Canada’s objective of welcoming 432,000 new immigrants by the end of this year under the Immigration Levels Plan 2022–2024. As of now, it seems like Canada will achieve this goal since more than 300,000 newcomers from all industries have been welcomed.

Job vacancies at an all-time high

Canada’s aggressive immigration goals, including those achieved through Express Entry programmes, are the result of a number of circumstances, including a 5.7% employment vacancy rate at the moment. The greatest group of Canadians in the working age population, the baby boomers, will soon approach retirement age and there will be an even greater scarcity of trained workers.

Express Entry will change in 2023 in response to the labour shortage. Soon, the IRCC will have the power to grant ITAs to applicants who have particular educational backgrounds, professional backgrounds, or language skills and who are well-suited to support the Canadian economy and labour force. Because there may be targeted draws that give other characteristics greater weight, this adjustment will have an impact on how important a high CRS is for candidates.

         What is Express Entry?

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program all use Express Entry as their applicant management system (FSTP). Candidates for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in the Express Entry pool are already qualified for at least one of these schemes.

The Comprehensive Ranking Method (CRS), a points-based system used by Express Entry, ranks candidate profiles. The highest-scoring applicants are given an Invitation to Apply (ITA), after which they can submit a permanent residency application.

An IRCC official evaluates the application after the candidate submits it before making a decision. In addition to requesting biometrics, the officer could schedule an interview or ask for other paperwork.

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