Express Entry

IRCC Invites 589 Candidates in PNP Specific Draw, CRS score of 691 

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently released the 12th Express Entry Draw of the year 2023.

IRCC Latest Draw Highlights

In the latest IRCC Draw, a total of 589 express entry candidates have received special ITAs since they can apply under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). This is a special draw to invite candidates and workers to immigrate to Canada for the Federal Skilled Worker Program. This express entry draw is unique since the express entry candidates with a CRS Score of 691 and more can apply under the PNP stream.

What makes it a unique IRCC Draw?

IRCC or Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada is an authority that handles the entire Canadian Immigration Process. It allows migrants to apply for Canadian visas under the categories such as Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Program, Canadian Experience Class, working class, student class, etc. The latest IRCC Draw is unique because of the below reasons:

  • Some express entry pool candidates have got nominations from popular Canadian provinces.
  • IRCC Released 589 Invitations to Apply under this specific draw.
  • It is an amalgamation of PNP and express entry
  • The Candidates of PNP usually require a score of 400 out of 1200, but this specific IRCC Draw invites candidates with a score of 691 and more.
  • It is the 4th special draw of the year 2023
  • A specific PNP draw like this was released on March 1, 2023

Eligibility to apply for Canadian Immigration Process

This specific draw has been released as the requirement of the workforce has increased in Canada. The government is seeking more applications from global migrants. The IRCC has allowed provinces to select candidates from the express entry pool, and to offer Canadian PR. They have sent the invitation to apply after checking the below factors in the candidates’ profiles.

Competitive Score in the Comprehensive Ranking System

Provinces allow candidates with a score of 400 in the PNP stream to apply for immigration. In this specific draw, however, they have considered candidates with a score of 691 Points out of a total of 1200 Points in the Comprehensive Ranking System.

Proof Of Funds for the Federal Skilled Trades Program

IRCC made an announcement on May 2, 2023, that the amount of funds required for Canadian Immigration through the Federal Skilled Trades Program of express entry has changed. From now onwards, all the express entry candidates have to present proof of funds that they have ample money to survive in Canada.

Who does not require to submit proof of funds?

  • Candidates who are applying under the Canadian Experience Class
  • Candidates who are authorized to work in Canada
  • Candidates who have a valid job offer from a Canadian Company

Checkout the below table for the revised rules for proof of funds

Number of family membersFunds required (in Canadian dollars)

Express Entry Draws So Far

DateCandidates InvitedRequired CRS Score
May 10, 2023589691
April 26, 20233500483
April 12, 20233500486
March (4 draws)21000486
February 27, 332 Canadian Experience Class

Difference between Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program

As mentioned above, this is an IRCC-specific draw since it is the amalgamation of two programs .i.e. Express Entry and PNP. Both of these are unique programs to allow Canadian Immigration. Their eligibility, fees, and documentation process are unique.

Express Entry

It is a system that deals with migrants immigrating for economic purposes. It allows entrance to candidates having proven work experience or a valid job offer from a Canadian Company. The express entry candidates have to apply under any of the below streams:

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

Provincial Nominee Program

According to the Canadian Constitution, each of the Canadian provinces has equal authority to manage the immigration process. The objective is to invite immigrants to all territories and provinces of Canada. It is beneficial for the immigrants as well we the nation since it is helpful in the all over development of Canada. Applicants can check their eligibility in the PNP Score Calculator and apply for immigration to Canada.

The top provinces of Canada for immigration

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Saskatchewan
  • Northwest Territories
  • Yukon

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