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Canada invites another 7,000 candidates in surprise Express Entry draw

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IRCC invited candidates in the eighth Express Entry draw of 2023.

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued invitations to apply (ITAs) to 7,000 candidates in an all-program draw, with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 484. An all-program draw means candidates are considered from the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

This draw size ties the largest-ever all-program draw on March 15, in which 7,000 candidates were also invited. Candidates in that draw had a minimum CRS score of 490. The previous record-high all-program draw came when IRCC invited 5,500 candidates on January 18.

The draw is surprising because it marks the second-consecutive week IRCC has invited Express Entry candidates. Usually, Express Entry draws are bi-weekly. In addition to it being tied for the largest all-program draw ever, the 7,000 ITAs marks the second-largest Express Entry draw size of all-time, behind the record-setting CEC-only draw that took place in February 2021.

  • No Program Specified
  • Number of invitations issued:7,000
  • Rank required to be invited to apply:7,000 or above
  • Date and time of round:March 23,2023 12:27:59 UTC
  • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited:484
  • Tie-breaking rule:May 19,2022 06:48:41 UTC

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