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Express Entry: 3,500 ITAs issued in EE Draw #247

Published on : April 27, 2023

The second round of Express Entry invitations this month was held by IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) for the federal government of Canada.

On April 26, 2023, Canada invited another 3,500 candidates to submit their Canadian permanent residence applications through Express Entry, an online system. The latest Express Entry draw is the 11th to be held in 2023 so far. Altogether, 7,000 invitations to apply (ITAs) were sent out in the 2 draws held in April 2023.

The minimum score cut-off - as per the 1,200-point Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) - was that of CRS 483 on April 26, and CRS 486 on April 12, 2023. While the CRS score fell 3 points, the total number of ITAs issued remained the same.

Previously, March 2023 had created history for IRCC.

Express Entry Draw #247

Held on April 26, 2023 at 18:10:04 UTC

Invitations issued


Invited from

As no program was specified by IRCC, candidates invited from -

(1)   Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

(2)   Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

(3)   Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

-  Some Provincial Nominee Program streams (linked with Express Entry)

Minimum CRS cut-off

CRS 483

In 2023, so far -

●       Total draws: 11

●       Total ITAs: 44,559


A tie-breaking rule of April 22, 2023 19:46:58 UTC was applied. Generally, a tie-breaking rule is applied by IRCC to Express Entry draws. In case of multiple profiles having the required minimum CRS score for an ITA in a specific EE draw, the cut-off will be based on when they had submitted their profile to the Express Entry system.

IRCC prioritizes profiles created earlier over those who were entered into the Express Entry pool at a late date. In the latest EE draw, Canada PR hopefuls that received invitations were those who -

  • Were eligible for any 1 Express Entry program - FSWP, FSTP, or CEC,
  • Had a CRS 483 or above as their ranking score, and
  • Had registered their Express Entry profile before April 22, 2023 19:46:58 UTC.

Those invited are given 60 days for submitting their complete Canada PR applications to IRCC. An application for a Canada PR visa by Express Entry can only be submitted after an invitation by IRCC.

What is Canada Express Entry?

Launched in 2015, Express Entry is an online system. Express Entry is used by Canada for managing Canada PR applications for -

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) - the route to Canadian immigration through a nomination by a provincial/territorial government - also has certain pathways linked to IRCC Express Entry. These offer ‘enhanced’ nominations and follow a completely online application process.

How to immigrate to Canada by Express Entry?

You must score 67 points on eligibility calculation before you can create an Express Entry profile. Points are allotted based on 6 factors -

  • age,
  • education,
  • language skills,
  • work experience,
  • job offer in Canada, and
  • adaptability (probability of successfully settling in Canada)

The basis stepwise process to get PR in Canada by Express Entry -

STEP 1: Confirm your eligibility.

You must meet the minimum requirements of the program (FSWP, FSTP, or CEC) that you want to immigrate under.

STEP 2: Check your projected CRS score.

Answer a few questions on an online CRS calculator to know your chances of getting an invitation by IRCC. The higher your CRS, the better your chances.

STEP 3: Get your documentation together.

Keep in mind that you will require documents at 2 different stages -

  1. At the time of creating an Express Entry profile in IRCC portal, and
  2. When submitting an application after receiving an invitation.

You will need an English language test (IELTS or CELPIP for English) as well as an ECA Report to create your Express Entry profile.

STEP 4: Fill out Express Entry profile online.

If you score the required 67 points, your profile will be entered into the IRCC pool of candidates and allotted a CRS score.

STEP 5: Receive an ITA.

You can submit your application after you get an invitation to apply from IRCC.

STEP 6: Get your Canada PR visa.

You can expect a decision on your Express Entry Canada PR visa application in less than 6 months. However, you must make sure that you submit a completed application that -

  • Has all required information, and
  • Contains all relevant documentation.

Canadian immigration is a streamlined process. The right route to Canadian permanent residence for you will be as per your individual profile.

You can immigrate to Canada even if you are not eligible for Express Entry. Canada offers 90+ immigration routes.

An Initial Evaluation Report for Canada will let you make an informed decision based on your chances of success. Multiple country initial evaluation services are also available.

For more information, get in touch today. Free consultation provided.

Topics: Canada




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