Express Entry Draw 242 | 667 PNP Candidates Invited
On March 1, 2023, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 667 invitations in the Latest Canadian Express Entry draw 242.
The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was 748. This draw was program-specific. In the third program specific draw of the year, only candidates who were nominated under the Provincial Nominee Program were invited to this draw.
This is the sixth Express Entry draw of 2023.
All other programs that operate under the Express Entry system were not selected this week and were maintained in the pool.
EXPRESS ENTRY DRAW 242 – March 1, 2023
PNP ONLY: Candidates from Provincial Nominee Program were eligible for this round of invitations.
Number of invitations issued: 667*
Rank required to be invited to apply: 667 or above
Date and time of round: March 01, 2023, at 17:24:39 UTC
CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 748
What is Express Entry?
Express Entry is the electronic management system for applying for permanent residency. It is not an immigration category but a system to facilitate the selection and processing of Canada’s economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and a portion of the Provincial Nomination Programs.
Applicants first make an ‘expression of interest’ in immigrating to Canada by registering a profile and, if they are eligible for at least one of the aforementioned programs, they then enter the Express Entry pool. Candidates from this pool will then receive an ‘invitation to apply’ under one of the programs when they meet or exceed the points threshold.
The points of each applicant, under the express entry system, is determined by: English proficiency scores, level of education, age, and other selection factors. The points threshold changes according to the latest draw held approximately every two weeks.
Canada Express Entry Latest Draws 2023
|242||March 1, 2023||667||748||PNP|
|241||February 15, 2023||699||791||PNP|
|240||February 2, 2023||3,300||489||FSW|
|239||February 1, 2023||893||733||PNP|
|238||January 18, 2023||5,500||490||All programs|
|237||January 11, 2023||5,500||507||All programs|
Latest CRS Score Distribution of Express Entry Candidates
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Express Entry Gearing Up for Changes
The IRCC has been working to create draw categories since Bill C-19 received royal assent back in June. This will be a big shift from the way Express Entry draws are currently held. Currently, only the top-ranking candidates in the entire Express Entry pool receive an ITA. Targeted draws by category would also allow the government to better fill specific labour shortages and target those with in-demand skills.
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