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Posted on April 27 2023

Canada Express Entry Issues Record-Breaking 37,559 Invitations in Q1 2023

By  Editor
Updated October 31 2023

Highlights: Express Entry Draws continue to impress, issuing 37,559 ITAs in Q1 of 2023

  • The first quarter of 2023 saw a significant increase in ITAs issued through Express Entry Draws.
  • 37,559 ITAs were issued in the first three months of the year.
  • In Q1, three All-program draws broke records by sending out 7000 ITAs each.
  • The first draw specifically targeted candidates for Federal Skilled Workers was also held during this period.

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ITA issuances in Canada Express Entry: A year-over-year comparison of 2021 vs. 2022

Express Entry Draw 2021

  • The first quarter of 2021 saw a historic high of 44,124 ITAs issued through Express Entry Draws.
  • One of the draws during this period had a never-before-seen number of ITAs issued, with 27,332 invitations.
  • The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required for this draw was 75 points.

Express Entry Draw 2022

  • In the first quarter of 2022, Express Entry Draws issued the lowest number of ITAs to Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates.
  • Only 6,470 ITAs were issued during this period to Express Entry candidates who were also PNP candidates.

ITAs issued in Q1

Express Entry Draws 2021


Express Entry Draws 2022


Breaking down the numbers: Canada's Draws in the first quarter of 2023.

All program Draws

  • The All-program Draw of Canada's Express Entry system considers candidates from the (FSTP), (FSWP), and (CEC).
  • In the first quarter of 2023, the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores required for All-program Draws were notably lower than before.
  • The lowest CRS score set for the Draws in Q1 of 2023 was 481 points.

PNP Draws

  • In 2023, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) nominee allotments will increase in Canada.
  • The top 10 provinces of Canada have set an immigration target of 105,500 for the year 2023.
  • The Canadian government plans to change the PNP guidelines to help eligible candidates navigate the process more efficiently.

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