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Express Entry Draw 241 | 699 PNP Candidates Invited

Nisha Uppal

Feb 15, 2023

The latest Canadian Express Entry draw was just held on February 15, 2023. Express Entry 241 saw a CRS score of 791 and invited 699 PNP candidates to apply.

Express Entry Draw 241
Date of Draw: February 15th, 2023
Number of Invitations Issued: 699
Minimum CRS: 791
Program Specified: Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Only
Tie-breaking rule: February 08, 2023, at 18:09:01 UTC

The fifth Express Entry draw of the year just concluded. In the Express Entry draw 241, 699 PNP candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 791 received invitations to apply (ITAs). This was the third draw for a specific programme after the ones on February 1st and 2nd, which took place in July 2022. All-program draws were the norm up until recently. Without a province nomination, candidates from any of Express Entry's three economic programmes may be invited to an all-program draw.

Express Entry has had a unique start to this year so far. Draws had been halted for 11 weeks between the end of November 2022 and the start of January 2023 because of what was likely an IT system problem. Every two weeks draws have traditionally been held on Wednesday afternoons. However, the second draw of the year took place on January 18th, a week after the first draw on January 11th. The subsequent draw, which was made public on Thursday the day after, was particularly significant because it was the first since the IRCC started holding draws in 2015 to be performed only for Federal Skilled Workers (FSWs).

This is the second PNP targeted draw of the year that was held today. This suggests that the province has already nominated the candidates in today's draw. Nearly all of the provinces and territories have PNPs that are compatible with Express Entry, with the exception of Quebec and Nunavut. The applicant's CRS score increases by 600 points following a PNP nomination. Candidates must have a minimum score of 191 in order to be taken into consideration for PNP nomination with the current cut-off score of 791.

The IRCC has been putting in the effort to create draw categories ever since Bill C-19 received royal assent in June. In comparison to how Express Entry draws are currently performed, this will be a considerable change. Presently, an ITA is only given to the top applicants in the whole Entry pool. The government might more effectively target people with in-demand skills and satisfy specific labour shortages if targeted draws were conducted according to category.
The specifications of these categories and the specifics of how the draws will be made have not yet been made public. The immigration minister is expected to disclose these categories before invitations are issued.

The categories have not yet been made public, but it is anticipated that they will be established based on a candidate's qualifications, such as their educational background, the field of employment, and work experience, as well as their language skills. As a result, it will be simpler for the government to find people who possess the skills that Canada most desperately needs. This suggests that if applicants have the qualities that these draws are seeking, they may have a better chance of being chosen even if they do not have the best CRS scores among all Express Entry applicants.

The Canadian government uses a mechanism called Express Entry to handle applications for permanent residence. The CRS, a point-based system, is used by Express Entry to rank candidate profiles. Three key programmes are managed by the system:
• Canadian Experience Class;
• Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW)
• Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST)
It takes two steps to submit an Express Entry application. The initial step is to submit your profile along with the necessary paperwork. Results of language tests, academic qualifications, and passports or other travel documents are frequently needed documents.

You can submit your whole application for the IRCC to review after submitting a profile and being invited to apply for Canadian permanent residency. Include supporting materials with your application, such as letters of recommendation, extra identification documents, police clearance certificates, and the findings of a medical exam.

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