Express Entry draw figures for the March 23 draw are below.
This is the second Express Entry draw in less than one week.
In the March 23 Express Entry draw for immigration to Canada, 3,232 candidates will be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). This draw was restricted exclusively to candidates eligible through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker and Federal Skilled Trades programs are not eligible to receive an ITA in this draw. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cut-off threshold was 467 points.
In the previous all-program draw, which occurred on March 4, the CRS score cut-off threshold was 471 points. The most recent draw occurred on March 19 and was restricted to PNP candidates. The PNP-specific draw had a cut-off of 720 points.
The tie-breaking rule was applied for the March 23 draw, meaning that not all CEC candidates with 467 points will receive an ITA. As multiple candidates have 467 points, those who submitted their Express Entry profile to the pool before November 25, 2019 at 14:00:35 UTC will be prioritized.
View details of all recent Express Entry draws
|Date||Number of invitations to apply issued||Minimum CRS points required|
|Draw 140||Mar 23||3,232||467|
|Draw 139||Mar 19||668||720|
|Draw 138||Mar 4||3,900||471|
|Draw 137||Feb 19||4,500||470|
|Draw 136||Feb 5||3,500||472|
|Draw 135||Jan 22||3,400||471|
|Draw 134||Jan 8||3,400||473|
|Draw 133||Dec 19||3,200||469|
|Draw 132||Dec 11||3,200||472|
|Draw 131||Nov 27||3,600||471|
|Draw 130||Nov 13||3,600||472|
|Draw 129||Oct 30||3,900||475|
|Draw 128||Oct 16||500 (Federal Skilled Trades only)||357 (Federal Skilled Trades only)|
|Draw 127||Oct 2||3,900||464|
|Draw 126||Sept 18||3,600||462|
|Draw 125||Sept 4||3,600||463|
|Draw 124||Aug 20||3,600||457|
|Draw 123||Aug 12||3,600||466|
|Draw 122||July 24||3,600||459|
|Draw 121||July 10||3,600||460|
|Draw 120||June 26||3,350||462|
|Draw 119||June 12||3,350||465|
|Draw 118||May 29||3,350||470|
|Draw 117||May 15||500 (Federal Skilled Trades only)||332 (Federal Skilled Trades only)|
|Draw 116||May 1||3,350||450|
|Draw 115||April 17||3,350||451|
|Draw 114||April 3||3,350||451|
|Draw 113||March 20||3,350||452|
|Draw 112||March 6||3,350||454|
|Draw 111||February 20||3,350||457|
|Draw 110||January 30||3,350||438|
|Draw 109||January 23||3,900||443|
|Draw 108||January 9||3,900||449|
Video: The second Express Entry draw in a week
Second Express Entry draw in less than a week
The previous Express Entry draw occurred on March 19 and was limited to candidates with nominations from Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Only 668 invitations were issued on March 19. With the draw on March 23, an additional 3,232 invitations were issued to candidates in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). This means that a total of 3,900 invitations were issued in the past week.
There is no guarantee as to when the next Express Entry draw may occur. We have no information as to whether IRCC will delay Express Entry draws due to the coronavirus.
How will COVID-19 and the Canadian border closure impact Express Entry?
COVID-19 has become a global pandemic and the Government of Canada is enacting exceptional measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus in Canada. To be kept up to date on the latest news about COVID-19 and how it is impacting Canadian immigration, please follow our regularly updated COVID-19 newsfeed.
Here are some of the questions we’ve received about how COVID-19 will impact Express Entry:
Is Canada still issuing Express Entry invitations despite COVID-19?
Based on the draws on March 19 and March 23, Canada is still issuing Express Entry invitations. There is no guarantee of when the next Express Entry invitations will be issued or if IRCC will return to all-program draws, but IRCC has not issued any public statements regarding pauses or delays to invitations.
Is Canada still processing Express Entry applications during COVID-19?
Yes. Canada is still processing immigration applications for Express Entry, but applicants should expect delays in processing. Certain IRCC offices are closed and IRCC has shut down their phone lines in response to COVID-19.
I have an ITA, but I can’t get the documents I need because everything is shut down due to COVID-19. What do I do?
Start by consulting IRCC’s special instructions for applications being submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. IRCC has stated that they will not refuse an application if you cannot complete the application due to COVID-19.
If your Express Entry PR application is due, you may submit your application with missing documents, but ensure that you include a letter of explanation explaining the missing documentation and the reasoning for this. IRCC will give you 90 days to complete missing steps in your application.
Please note that biometrics letters will still state that biometrics are due in 30 days, but IRCC will allow 90 days for the submission of biometrics.
I have been approved through Express Entry and I have my COPR, but I am outside Canada. Can I travel to Canada to activate my status?
Regardless of the legal ability to do so, COPR-holders should consider the public health crisis in Canada. If it is at all possible to delay travel to Canada, it is advisable to do so.
The answer to this question depends on when your COPR was issued. According to official guidelines published by IRCC on March 20, individuals who meet the following conditions may still enter Canada:
“Permanent resident applicants who had been approved for permanent residence before the travel restrictions were announced on March 16, 2020, but who had not yet travelled to Canada.”
If your COPR/travel document are going to expire, please complete the IRCC online web form to advise them of your issue. Include as many details as possible. There is no guarantee that IRCC will extend the validity of any travel documents, but considering the crisis, an extension may be issued.
How will COVID-19 impact the CRS score cut-off?
We do not know the answer to this question. In the midst of the public health crisis, our goal is to provide our community with objective and factual information. We are refraining from speculating about possible impacts of the coronavirus on the CRS score cut-off. There are simply too many variables at play and the situation is evolving at too rapid a pace.