233rd Express Entry Draw invites 4250 Candidates to apply for Canada PR

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Draw Number: 233
Draw Date: 12.10.2022
Draw Day: Wednesday
Draw type: All Program 
CRS cut-off: 500
ITAs issued: 4250

The 8th and the largest Express Entry draw with the CRS cut-off 500 has been held on Wednesday, 12th October 2022. 4250 Invitations have been issued. The CRS cut-off has yet again declined by a marginal 4 points.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) offers 10 prominent immigration pathways to aspiring skilled workers, entrepreneurs, and students. Express Entry is one of the fastest and most popular among these immigration programs, and is often used synonymously with Canada PR. 

Express Entry offers immigration pathways through three streams:

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP): A pathway for applicants with eligible skilled foreign work experience.

Canadian Experience Class (CEC): Immigration pathway for individuals with eligible skilled Canadian work experience. 

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP): Exclusively for immigrants with work experience in eligible skilled trade

In addition to the above programs, the Express Entry draws also issue ITAs to applicants nominated through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

An all program Express Entry draw is the one that includes all the above pathways of Express Entry

What are Express Entry draws?

Draws or rounds of invitations are periodically held to invite immigrants to apply for their Canada PR visa through the Express Entry immigration program. Each draw includes a CRS cut-off. Your Comprehensive Ranking System or CRS score must be equal to, or higher than the CRS cut-off to receive the Invitation to Apply (ITA). The first Express Entry draw was held on 31st January, 2015. The CRS cut-off was 886 and 779 immigrants were invited to apply for Canada PR.

Impact of COVID

The COVID pandemic brought the whole world to a stand still and all the Canada immigration programs, including the Express Entry were impacted. Due to the travel restrictions the all program draws were put on hold. The last all program draw before the pandemic was draw no. 170, held on 23rd December 2020. The CRS cut-off was 469, and the ITAs issued were 5000. Post that, draws for FSTP and FSWP were paused indefinitely and only immigrants belonging to CEC and PNP were issued ITAs.

Eventually, due to a consistently increasing backlog, the draws for CEC pathway were also put on hold. The last Express Entry draw for Canadian Experience Class (CEC) was Draw no. 204, held on September 14th, 2021. The draw invited 2000 applicants and had the CRS cut-off at 462. 

After that, only immigrants nominated through the PNP were issued ITAs to apply for Canada PR. Since a provincial nomination earns an applicant 600 points in the Comprehensive Ranking System, this led to a skyrocketing CRS cut-off. 


It was Wednesday, 6th of July, 2022 when the Express Entry draws resumed for all programs. Since then, 8 rounds of invitations have occurred and 21500 invitations to apply have been issued.

All Program Express Entry draws

Draw no.

Draw Date

CRS cut-off

ITAs issued


































Total ITAs: 21500

Decline in the CRS cut-off

233rd Express Entry Draw Decrease in CRS Cutoff

Since the resumption of the all program Express Entry draws, there is a subtle but consistent decline in the CRS cut-off with each round of invitations. Since the 226th draw, the CRS cut-off has declined by 57 points.

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Increase in ITAs

As the CRS cut-off continues to decline steadily, the draws get larger significantly. In the last 4 Express Entry draws, the ITAs issued have increased by 500 profiles. 

The Government of Canada is in dire need of skilled immigrants to contribute to the country’s rapidly growing economy. The significantly increasing ITAs and a consistently declining CRS cut-off highlight the hopeful future for aspiring immigrants aiming to settle in Canada through Express Entry.

Future Estimations.

The CRS cut-off during the pre-pandemic all program Express Entry draw was 469 points. The current CRS cut-off is 500. Although far from its usual range, it is consistently declining and is almost guaranteed to fall around 490s by the next Express Entry draw. Currently, 2785 Express Entry profiles are in the pool with the CRS cut-off in the range of 501-600. This is very highly likely to clear by the next round of invitations.  

Steps to Canada PR through the Express Entry system.

Immigrating to Canada as a Permanent Resident through the Express Entry system includes the following steps.

Step 1: Find out if you are eligible for one of the Express Entry programs.

Step 2: Create your Express Entry profile through either GCKey or Sign-in Partner.

Step 3: Provide all the required information to the Express Entry profile and enter the Express Entry pool

Step 4: You will be assigned your Express Entry program and your CRS score according to the information provided by you in your online Express Entry profile.

Step 5: Receive an Invitation to Apply(ITA) in the Express Entry rounds of Invitation or Express Entry draws

Step 6: Apply to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for Permanent Resident Visa within 60 days of receiving your ITA.

Step 7: Provide all the documents to substantiate the information provided in the Express Entry profile along with your biometrics and Police Clearance Certificate (PCC). Pay the processing fee of $1356.

Step 8: Get your application approved and receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence or CoPR.

Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) says:

This is the best time to create your Express Entry profile and be in the pool. With major immigration updates like Bill C-19, and NOC 2021, TEER system coming close to implementation, the future is extremely promising for aspiring immigrants. The IRCC is constantly working to make Express Entry a more sensitive and responsive program towards the Canadian labour market shortage. Consulting a CICC/ICCRC authorized consultant will ensure you do not miss out any opportunities and successfully immigrate to Canada even in the midst of uncertainty.

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