Express Entry Draw: 18th January 2023 (Second Draw of 2023)


The Immigration Department of Canada has announced its Express Entry #238

#238 Express Entry draw has announced a total of 5,500 Invitations on 18-01-2023.Under this draw, the Canada Express Entry system has sent invitations to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trade Program and Canadian Experience Class Program.
The Express Entry system has taken a long time since its last draw of 2022, but in the current year, 2023, the immigration system has rapidly reduced the backlogs of applications, and the 2nd Express Entry Draw of 2023 was held within a week.

Express Entry Latest Draw analysis

On the official website, Ministerial Instructions has yet to identify the particular stream; all invitations go under the Canadian Express Entry system.The CRS score of the lowest-ranked candidate is 490, which is decreased by 17 points from its last draw on 11 January 2023.In this draw, the number of invitations was the same as in the last Express Entry draw, where 5,550 ITAs were sent to people in the express entry pool.

Express Entry Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible under Canada Express Entry, you must create an express entry profile first, and then the system will calculate your CRS. If your CRS is high enough, you will receive an ITA to apply for Canadian PR.
You may still need to create an express entry profile to get Canadian PR.

IELTS for Canada Express Entry

Most applicants favour IELTS as their top choice and CELPIP as their second, but various IELTS substitutes exist. The Canadian government needs a CLB (Canadian Language Benchmarks) score to evaluate your Express Entry profile.

PNP program under Express Entry

Provincial Nominee Program has 2 streams: one through Express Entry (also known as enhanced PNP) and the other through without Express Entry.You can apply through enhanced PNP to get additional 600 points.Some provinces have sent Invitations to people under the Express Entry program.

Immigrate to Manitoba PNP Express Entry stream:

On 12-Jan-2023, Manitoba issued 322 invitations to Canada immigration candidates.27 LAA were sent to Express Entry candidates who declared a valid Express Entry profile number and job seeker validation code.

British Columbia PNP Express Entry stream:

On 04 January 2023, British Columbia issued 211 invitations through multiple streams where employers highly prioritized tech occupations. In this draw, 163 invitations were issued to skilled workers and international graduates under EEBC(Express Entry British Columbia) with a minimum score of 105 points.

Ontario PNP Express Entry stream:

On 13-Jan-2023, Ontario issued 1252 Canada immigration invitations through the Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream with a Minimum CRS point of 336.

Canada Express Entry Program

Canada Express Entry program is for economic immigrants seeking permanent residence in Canada. People who have skills and experience should select Canada Express Entry Pathway.Four components affect Invitations under Express Entry.

·Skilled Worker
·Skilled Trade
·Canadian Experience
·Provincial Nominee

There are 3 different programs under the express entry:
1. Canadian Experience Class
2. Federal Skilled Worker Program
3. Federal Skilled Trades Program
To become a Canadian Permanent Residence through the Canada Express Entry stream, you should score a CRS greater than the cut-off threshold.


As with the 2nd Express Entry draw of 2023, 11,000 ITAs have been issued. The Canadian government has targeted 82,880 candidates to become permanent residents of Canada through the Express Entry pathway, so CRS may likely go down in the upcoming draw.

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