Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted a new Express Entry draw on February 15th, 2023.
This was the fifth Express Entry draw and the second PNP-specific draw conducted by IRCC in 2023. The previous draw for just Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates was held on February 1st, 2023.
Who was invited?
The February 15 Express Entry draw saw permanent residency invitations being issued to 699 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 791.
Since receiving a provincial nomination grants the applicant an additional 600 points, Express Entry candidates needed a minimum CRS score of 191 to be eligible before getting nominated by a Canadian PNP.
The tie-breaking rule set for the February 15th draw was February 08, 2023, at 18:09:01 UTC. Candidates that met the minimum score threshold were only invited if they had submitted their profile to the Express Entry pool before this date. Candidates with a provincial nomination from a Canadian PNP (except Quebec) - were eligible for this invitation round.
The size and frequency of the invitation rounds are determined by the IRCC’s application backlog at that time. Express Entry draws are usually held every two weeks on a Wednesday – with some exceptions. The dates of the selections are not posted before they take place.
If you’ve been invited
If the IRCC has invited you to apply for Canada PR, you’ll receive a message in your account notifying you:
You will need to show proof of the information provided in your Express Entry profile. If the IRCC finds you have submitted false information or left out important details, they could:
Next, you can check your eligibility for the program you’ve been invited to apply under – and make sure you’re still eligible. By thoroughly understanding the program requirements and prerequisites – you will be more prepared to apply.
With Canada conducting back-to-back invitation rounds in 2023, now is indeed the best time to apply for a Canada PR Visa.
Don't wait. The time will never be just right.