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Express Entry draw January 18

Express Entry draw January 18: IRCC invited another 5,500 candidates for Canadian PR

Express Entry draw January 18

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted another Express Entry pool draw within one week of the last draw. In the Express Entry draw January 18, IRCC issued Canadian permanent resident (PR) invitations to another 5,500 candidates in the Express Entry pool.

Canada uses the Express Entry immigration pool draws system to manage permanent residence (PR) applications. It is the most popular way to immigrate to Canada.

IRCC holds Express Entry pool draws approximately every two weeks. In each draw, IRCC invites candidates who score the cut-off minimum in IRCC’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to apply for PR.

A candidate’s CRS score is based on factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

Applicants who received invitations in Express Entry draw January 18 draw scored a minimum of 490 CRS score. The successful candidates have 60 days to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

How to join Express Entry – quick steps

Perfect time to immigrate to Canada

Canada continues to push for more immigration to help fill over one million job vacancies.

In November 2022 Canada announced plans to welcome an unprecedented 1.45 million immigrants over the next three years under Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025. The Plan targets 465,000 newcomers in 2023, 485,000 in 2024 and 500,000 in 2025.

Canada also announced that it will spend $1.6 billion over six years and $315 million a year after that in order to meet or exceed the Plan. The fund will focus on improving application processing and settlement of new immigrants.

To enter the Express Entry pool, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile on IRCC website.

As well, you must meet the eligibility requirements for one of the three programs. These are: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class.

If IRCC approves your PR application and you complete the landing process, you become a Canadian permanent resident.

How to boost your Express Entry CRS score

Note that only a limited number of candidates with the highest CRS score in the pool get Invitations to Apply (ITAs).

Also, average CRS score was 472 before Express Entry all-programs draws were suspended in December 2020 due to the pandemic.

Therefore, to get to these higher scores candidates need to maximize their points on all available factors.

We advise that you continue to improve your Express Entry CRS scoring. See, for instance, Tips for Improving Express Entry CRS Scores.