In an all-program draw, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 4,800 invitations to apply (ITAs) to candidates.
Candidates needed at least a 488 on the Comprehensive Ranking System.
Since April 26, this was the first all-program draw. Candidates from all three of the Express Entry application management system’s programs—the Federal Skilled Worker Programme (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), or the Federal Skilled Trades Programme (FSTP)—are taken into account when there is an all-program draw.
This draw comes after the most recent one on May 10, in which 589 individuals who were eligible for the Provincial Nominee Programme (PNP) received invitations to apply (ITAs). Candidates are only taken into consideration if they are in the Express Entry pool and have also been nominated by a Canadian province in a PNP only draw.
Express Entry has not yet developed a clear pattern in terms of the quantity of candidates invited, the frequency of drawings, or even the kind of draws, for the entirety of 2023.
The pre-pandemic pattern of two-week intervals and invitations to all programmes’ applicants for draws continued in January. When the IRCC held four draws for particular programmes between February 1 and March 1, this changed in February. The first FSWP program-specific draw took place in February as well.
Three draws were held in February, and one draw was held per week in March. Throughout March, around 21,000 hopefuls received invitations. In terms of ITAs issued in a single month, this was the second-highest total in Express Entry history.