Express Entry draw November 23
In Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Express Entry draw November 23, IRCC issued Canadian permanent resident (PR) invitations to another 4,750 candidates as it did in the previous two draws.
Applicants who received invitations in Express Entry draw November 23 scored a minimum of 491 CRS score. This is the third time the CRS score has dropped below 500 in an all-program Express Entry draw since December 2020.
The successful candidates have 60 days to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
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.
To enter the Express Entry pool, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile on IRCC website.
If IRCC approves your PR application and you complete the landing process, you become a Canadian permanent resident.
How to join Express Entry – quick steps
- Create an IRCC profile/account to apply for Canada visa online
- Check your application status
- Check application processing times
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.
Why it is perfect time to apply for Canada immigration
Canada continues to push for more immigration to help fill over one million job vacancies.
On November 1, 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.
Then on November 4, Canada 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.
This is in addition to the $50 Million that the government announced in its Fall Economic Statement to immediately tackle crippling backlog in immigration applications processing.
Changes to NOC
On November 16, Canada introduced NOC 2021, The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is Canada’s national system for defining and classifying all jobs. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) uses NOC to determine if applicants meet job or work experience under Canada’s Express Entry immigration system.
The new NOC will change eligibility for some of Canada’s immigration programs including Express Entry. It will also affect how IRCC calculates your points and overall score in Express Entry immigration pool’s Comprehensive Ranking System.
IRCC official webpage provides detail instructions to Express Entry candidates in the pool, as well as those who are joining the pool. See IRCC – NOC 2021: Compare all Express Entry programs.