Express Entry Draw #228 – August 3, 2022
On August 3, 2022, Immigration Refugees Citizenship Canada’s (IRCCs) held another All-Program Express Entry Federal Skilled Worker Program draw #228, issuing 2000 candidates an Invitation to Apply (ITA), with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 533. As this was an All-Program draw, candidates were selected from both the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
The minimum CRS requirement for this draw was nine points lower than the previous draw #227 that occurred on July 20th, where the CRS Score was 542. The July 20th draw issued only 1750 ITA’s, whereas the August 3rd draw issued 2000 ITA’s. When the All-Program draws resumed on July 6, 2022, 1500 ITA’s were issued to candidates with CRS scores of over 557. The good news is IRCC is increasing its number of ITA’s for each of the last three draws and the CRS score has experienced some repeated drops.
CRS Score Distribution as of August 2, 2022
As of August 2, 2022, there are 238,924 express entry applicants in the pool, an increase of over 12,000 more candidates since July 5, 2022. The number of candidates in the pool have nearly doubled since December 2020, with approximately 147,000 candidates. The majority of candidates have CRS scores between 300 to 400. More than 68,000 candidates have CRS scores between 351-400 and almost 58,000 candidates now fall within the 401-450 CRS score, while 62,330 have a CRS score between 451-500. The remaining candidates are distributed amongst all the other CRS ranges.
What is Express Entry?
The Express Entry System is an online application management system that aims to ensure faster processing and better economic outcomes for permanent residence to Canada under both federal and certain provincial programs. If you receive a PNP invitation, an additional 600 points will be added to your express entry profile. If you have Canadian experience, you will also receive additional points, as well as if you have knowledge of the French language, which can afford you an additional 50 points.
Eligibility for Express Entry
In order to be eligible for one of the Express Entry programs, you must check whether you meet the requirements based on several selection factors. You must score a minimum of 67 points out of a possible 100.
The factors include:
- Work Experience
- Language Proficiency
- Family Members in Canada
- Job Offer in Canada
Once you are deemed eligible to apply, you may submit your online express entry profile. Once you create your profile, you will be put into a pool with other express entry candidates. In order be chosen from the pool and receive an invitation to apply, you need to have one of the highest-ranking scores. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is the points-based system uses to score your profile. Your CRS score will be based on the points you receive in specific criteria. If you are invited, you can apply for permanent residence.
How to Increase Your Points
Applicants who have less than competitive may increase their points through a job offer. Although a job offer in Canada may be difficult for a foreign worker, there are many skilled occupations that currently have a labour shortage in Canada.
In addition, francophone speakers have an added advantage to earn extra points on their CRS score. In addition, as of October 27th, French speaking candidates are now awarded an additional 25 points, and if you are bilingual, you are eligible for an additional 50 points. In addition, several provinces have pathways specifically targeting French speakers with either increased points or specifically targeted draws such as Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, and Ontario.
If you should have any questions or need more information about Express Entry and whether you may qualify, please complete our online assessment. You can also visit our Law Firm’s website at www.poonahimmigrationlaw.com, or call us at (678) 978-5848.