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An Analysis of Express Entry Draws in 2022

Updated: May 14

Express Entry is Canada’s immigration program that most immigrants primarily use. We have analyzed the key findings of the Express Entry draws in 2022.


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An Analysis of Express Entry Draws in 2022


Express Entry is Canada’s primary immigration program, which grants applicants permanent residency in any province in Canada except for Quebec. Also, this system is an electronic system used to manage the applications of skilled workers who wish to become permanent residents of Canada. 


In the year 2022 alone, Canada is planning to welcome around 83,500 immigrants, both through Express Entry-aligned and PNP categories.


The Express Entry program manages three (3) immigration programs:


1. Federal Skilled Worker Program

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FWSP) is an immigration pathway for skilled workers who have work experience outside Canada and wish to stay in the country permanently.


2. Federal Skilled Trades Program

The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) is an immigration pathway for permanent residency under Express Entry wherein you will be qualified based on your skilled trade.


3. Canadian Experience Class

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is an immigration pathway for permanent residency for skilled workers who have experience working in Canada.


FSWP, FSTP, and CEC Draws to Resume in July 2022


On April 22, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that they will resume the high-skilled draws for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) in early July.

Along with this, the IRCC made major announcements. To learn more about these announcements, read IRCC to resume Express Entry High Skilled draws for CEC, FSWP, and FSTP in July 2022.


Total Number of Invitations Issued Under the Express Entry Draws Since 2022

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In the first Express Entry Draw released on January 5, only 392 invitations to apply were issued, which was significantly lower compared to subsequent draws.


On June 8, Canada held its largest Express Entry draw in 2022, inviting 932 candidates since March 16. Meanwhile, the number of ITAs issued for May was around 500, but that number jumped significantly following the recent draw.


With 1,082 invitations to apply (ITAs) issued in 2022, the Express Entry draw on February 16 continues to hold the highest number of ITAs.


In total, Canada has invited 10,152 applicants to apply for the year 2022.


An Analysis of the Trends in the CRS Score for the Express Entry Draw for the Year 2022

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In contrast to the first released Express Entry draw, wherein it has the lowest number of invitations to apply (ITAs) among all the draws, the CRS score of the first draw of the year is the highest among the others, with a minimum score of 808 to meet.


The CRS scores consistently reached over 700 points during February, March, April, May, and the beginning of June. Nevertheless, the CRS score for the latest draw is higher than those for the CRS scores from January 12 to May 25, making it the second-highest CRS score for the year 2022.


The CRS score for the draw on February 2 remains the lowest.


How to Increase the CRS Score


1. Enhance Your Language Skills in English and/or French

This is the most effective strategy to increase your CRS score. When you achieve the maximum level of language ability, you can increase your CRS score by 160 points. Meanwhile, if you take an IELTS test and your score reaches the minimum score for CLB 8 or below, it can increase your CRS score. Also, if you have Canadian work experience and graduated outside Canada, it will increase your CRS score by 100 points.


2. Improve Your Education Level

Your CRS score will increase if you have a secondary or post-secondary credential along with your CLB level. If you are in CLB 9 or higher, your CRS score will increase by 25 points.


3. Obtain More Work Experience

When you have three years or more of work experience, even from outside of Canada, along with a CLB 9 or higher, your CRS score will increase by 50 points. Additional points will be given if you acquired your work experience inside of Canada.


4. Acquire a Job Offer

Receiving a valid job offer from a Canadian employer will increase your CRS score depending on NOC jobs. Your CRS score will increase by 50 points for NOC 0, A, and B. Meanwhile, 200 points will be added to your CRS score if you receive a valid job offer under NOC 00.


5. Receive a Provincial Nomination

If you receive a provincial nomination, expect to get an additional 600 points on your CRS score, which may guarantee you receive an Invitation to Apply.


I received an ITA - What should I do now?


You now have 60 days to submit all your documents to IRCC for your Permanent Residency application. We can help you with Stage 2 of the application. We offer flexible service options including:

  1. Consultations – Useful for those looking for answers to specific questions about their profile and applications

  2. Review Services – Useful and budget option for those looking for professional oversight while applying on their own.

  3. Full Representation – Useful for those who would like an RCIC to take charge of the process and represent them in the application.



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