Canada PR Latest Express Entry Draw, Invited 667 Candidates

    March 1, 2023, yet another draw #242 declared by the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada). 667 aspirants received an invitation to apply for Canada PR. Here is the result of the rounds of invitations,

    Date and time of roundMarch 01, 2023, at 17:24:39 UTC
    Number of Invitations667
    CRS score Cut-off748
    Immigration ProgramProvincial Nominee Program
    Tie-breaking RuleDecember 12, 2022, at 10:48:12 UTC
    Latest Express Entry Round of Results #242


    • The draw is declared on the first day of the month, this may raise the possibility that just like the previous month we may see three draws this month as well.
    • Draw #242 invited 667 candidates who a valid express entry. This is an exclusive draw for provincial nominee applicants. Only those aspirants who have received the ITA (invitation to apply) and who have received the nomination from any of the Canadian provinces (except Quebec). 
    • The CRS cut-off announced for the draw was 748 points; it means, even those aspirants who have a CRS score of just 148 points will get the nominations out of this PNP draw. Because as per the Canada immigration and express entry rules, 600 CRS points will be added straight away to those applicants’ express entry profiles that have been nominated from any province. 
    • This is the second consecutive draw under the Provincial Nominee Program for the year 2023.
    • As compared to the Last Draw #241, this draw’s cut-off decreased by 43 points. Whereas, 32 fewer invitations have been issued too. 

    EXPRESS ENTRY DRAWS – January to March 2023

    Draw # Date Immigration Program Invitations CRS
    242 March 1, 2023 Provincial Nominee Program 667 748
    241 February 15, 2023 Provincial Nominee Program 699 791
    240 February 2, 2023 Federal Skilled Worker 3,300 489
    239 February 1, 2023 Provincial Nominee Program 893 733
    238 January 18, 2023 No Program Specified 5,500 490
    237 January 11, 2023 No Program Specified 5,500 507
        Total Invitations in 2023 16,559  

    The year 2022’s Express Entry Draws

    • Last year the situation of Canada PR draws was far different from the present scenario.
    • During the same period last year, the world was recovering from the detrimental impact of the Wuhan COVID–19 pandemic.
    • As a result, the Canadian government decided to focus on only the PNP immigration program to control the number of new immigrants’ numbers. So from September 2021 to June 2022, only provincial nominee draws took place.
    • This when the total number of invitations cross the 16K benchmark whereas, last year it was just 4627 invitations.

    EXPRESS ENTRY DRAWS – January to March 2022

    Date Date Immigration Program Invitations CRS
    217 March 2, 2022 Provincial Nominee Program 1,047 761
    216 February 16, 2022 Provincial Nominee Program 1,082 710
    215 February 2, 2022 Provincial Nominee Program 1,070 674
    214 January 19, 2022 Provincial Nominee Program 1,036 745
    213 January 5, 2022 Provincial Nominee Program 392 808
        Total Invitations in 2022 4627  

    CRS score range and candidates wise distribution in Express Entry pool as of March 1, 2023

    CRS Score Range Number of Candidates
    601-1200 606
    501-600 2,129
    451-500 65,187
    491-500 1,756
    481-490 12,126
    471-480 20,813
    461-470 17,042
    451-460 13,450
    401-450 61,086
    441-450 12,679
    431-440 13,300
    421-430 10,680
    411-420 11,785
    401-410 12,642
    351-400 1,529
    301-350 37,131
    0-300 5,706
    Total 243,374

    The table shows the latest numbers of active Express Entry profiles. As per the analysis, if within a couple of weeks, IRCC will declare any PNP-based draw then most of the applications will be cleared. However, in between the duration if some other provinces may be invited skilled workers then only this number will be increased. Another probability is that now the next draw either invites only federal skilled workers to balance the draw pattern. If it will happen that then there are likely chances that the next draw probably declares between 487 to 489 CRS Score.


    For the past 6 to 7 years the craze of moving to Canada is exceptionally high. One of the major reasons was the ease of applying and frequent draws. However, the pandemic affect the system lot, and due to that genuine applicants suffered a lot. They have invested a huge amount in the preparation of language tests. Applied for the ECA and did everything to reach the desired CRS score. However, due to the pandemic, they lost precious time and now losing their patient too.

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