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Posted on March 31 2023

Canada Express Entry program issued 21,000 ITAs in just 15 days. Register your EOI now!

By Editor
Updated October 05 2023

Highlights: IRCC invited a total of 7,000 ITAs in another Canada Express Entry draw held on March 29, 2023

  • Canada invited another 7,000 candidates in an all-program Express Entry draw.
  • Draw occurred within one week of the previous EE draw held on March 23rd.
  • CRS score has also dropped significantly to 481 points.
  • Invited candidates under Federal Skilled Trades (FST), Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
  • Recorded as the third consecutive, all-program EE draws with such a huge number of invitations issued.
  • IRCC is aiming to meet the target of inviting nearly 83,000 newcomers via Express Entry in 2023.

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The Immigration, Refugee, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) opened another all-program Express Entry draw within one week of the previous EE draw held on March 23, 2023. In this latest invitations round, a total of 7,000 ITAs were issued to candidates with a CRS score of 481 and above. The cut-off is recorded as the lowest so far in 2023 for any Canada Express Entry draw.

In the 9th Express Entry draw of 2023, invitations were issued to candidates under all three EE programs, including:

  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

Refer the table below for detailed information:

Draw Date

Programs No. of Invitations Issued CRS Score Requirement
29-March-2023 All-Programs 7,000



All-Programs 7,000 484
15-March-2023 All-Programs 7,000



Express Entry draws roars in March: 7000 ITAs issued with the lowest CRS score of 484

Biggest Express Entry Draw ever issued 7000 ITAs, to fill 1 million job vacancies in Canada

IRCC invited 21,000 candidates in March 2023

Lately, Express Entry draws have been following an unusual trend. Typically, EE draws takes place bi-weekly, i.e., Wednesday afternoons. But the recently held 3 consecutive draws took place weekly.

Talking about the series of draws held in March, IRCC issued massive 21,000 invitations. As a result, the CRS score has dropped significantly. With CRS scores consistently dropping and the number of ITAs issued rising with each passing draw, it’s a perfect time to apply for Canada PR visa.

Aiming to achieve increased Immigration targets 2023

By conducting frequent, large Express Entry draws, the IRCC is clearly working hard towards reaching its immigration target, i.e., to invite 83,000 candidates through Federal High Skilled programs.

Canada is aiming to attract the skilled foreign workers to meet skill shortages at key sectors, like health care, manufacturing, technology and skilled trades. This will in turn help Canada better manage the socio-economic challenges.

Are you looking to migrate to Canada? Contact Y-Axis, the leading overseas immigration consultancy in Australia.

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