In the most recent Express Entry draw, which unfolded on October 24, 2023, a total of 1,548 invitations were issued to apply for permanent residency (PR). What sets this draw apart is that it was exclusively dedicated to candidates within the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Alongside this information, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cutoff score for the lowest-ranked candidate was marked at a substantial 776. In this blog, we’ll delve into the specifics of this unique Express Entry draw, examine how it fits into the larger 2023 draw landscape, and speculate on what the future holds.
PNP-Only Round Details:
Number of invitations issued: 1,548
Rank required to be invited to apply: 1,548 or above
Date and time of round: October 24, 2023, at 14:23:38 UTC
CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 776
Tie-breaking rule: July 07, 2023, at 07:28:57 UTC
Notably, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been conducting PNP-only Express Entry draws since May 2023. What’s interesting is that, compared to earlier rounds, the CRS cutoff score has seen a significant rise, increasing by 85 points.
What’s on the Horizon:
It’s anticipated that the IRCC will roll out additional Express Entry draws this week, and there’s a likelihood of repeated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Healthcare-themed rounds of invitations. Alternatively, the IRCC might surprise us with the first Canadian Experience Class (CEC)-only draw since September 2021. Keep an eye on our updates for the latest insights and information regarding Express Entry draws.
In recent developments, the IRCC expanded the list of eligible occupations for candidates to receive an additional 50 CRS points upon presenting a certificate of qualification. This change can have a significant impact on the prospects of candidates seeking PR in Canada. For a comprehensive list of the 101 eligible professions, follow this [link](insert link).
Moreover, last month, the IRCC introduced its first-ever skilled trades draw, targeting ten select occupations. The draw’s lowest cutoff score was 388, signaling a potential pathway for skilled tradespersons to secure PR in Canada.
The recent PNP-only Express Entry draw, with its high CRS cutoff score, provides a glimpse into the ever-evolving landscape of Canadian immigration. As we await further draws in the coming weeks, candidates and immigration enthusiasts should stay vigilant for opportunities that align with their unique profiles. Whether it’s STEM-focused, CEC-oriented, or an entirely unexpected draw, the Canadian immigration system continues to present avenues for individuals to fulfill their PR aspirations. Stay tuned for more updates and in-depth analysis as the journey towards Canadian PR unfolds.