ITAs Fall for PNP Applicants in New Express Entry Draw

Feb 15, 2023: ITAs Fall for PNP Applicants in New Express Entry Draw

Canada Immigration Update: IRCC held its latest Express Entry (EE) draw targeting applicants with a PNP nomination. Where the ITAs fall for PNP applicants in new Express Entry draw. Besides, on Feb 15, 2023, Express Entry draw issued 699 ITAs. Also, to qualify the applicants needed to match or exceed the draw cut-off of 791.

In addition, the tie-breaker rule for this draw is set at February 08, 2023, at 18:09:01 UTC.


How to qualify for an Express Entry (EE) draw targeting PNP applicants?

If you wish to get an ITA to submit a Canada PR visa application then you must meet terms such as:

  • Firstly, apply to 1 of the EE sub-streams you qualify to apply for:
    • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
    • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
    • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  • Secondly, meet Human Capital Factors:
    • Age
    • Education
    • Work Experience
    • Language Skills
  • Also, apply to the province/territory under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
    • However, you must match the eligibility terms of the PNP program you choose to apply to.
    • Finally, get a Provincial Nomination Certificate.


Further, applicants who get a PNP nomination against their EE profile are awarded an additional 600 CRS points in the EE pool. As a result, their chances of getting an ITA for a PR visa for Canada go up.


What is the future of Express Entry (EE) draws in 2023?

Since Canada started conducting Express Entry (EE) draws for this year, we are seeing a mixed review across all EE categories. In the current case, when we compare the current EE PNP draw with the last such draw of Feb 01, 2023, EE draw then we can see the following updates:

  • Firstly, the ITAs are lower by 194 points.
  • Secondly, the CRS cut-off is up by 58.
  • Besides, the EE draws have just begun. Thus, it will be difficult to predict the near future draws outcomes.
    • Because Canada is incorporating multiple updates to the EE draw patterns.


Further, a fine example of Canada upgrading its immigration strategies is the new Feb 02, 2023, Express Entry draw targeting applicants from the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) category. Such an update, with the 2022 announcements on the CRS cut-off no longer being the base criteria for the selection of applicants for a Canada PR visa, we should expect positive changes afoot.


A little update on the latter statement states that Canada can soon begin targeted draws based on occupations in demand, and high skills such as education level, work experience, language proficiency etc.

So, it will be intriguing to watch the effect of these updates on the following aspects:

  • The overall frequency of EE draws.
  • Changes in ITAs and CRS cut-off.
  • Inclusion of targeted draws and their types.
  • Effect of such updates on the 2023 Canada Immigration Levels Target:
    • Selecting 465,000 applicants for Canada PR.


2023: Express Entry draws up till now!

Date Draw Category Invitations CRS score
Jan-11-2023 General 5500 507
Jan-18-2023 General 5500 490
Feb-01-2023 PNP 893 733
Feb-02-2023 FSW 3300 489
Feb-15-2023 PNP 699 791


Looking at the above draws we can see the following updates:

  • EE general draws – ITAs are up. But the CRS cut-off is falling.
  • EE PNP draws – ITAs are falling. But the CRS cut-off is rising.
  • New EE FSW draw – We saw a good number of applicants getting invitations. And the CRS cut-off is also considerably lower.



As per the above details, it would be wise to apply to the Express Entry (EE) System for a PR Visa now. In the future, updates will majorly favour a higher selection of applicants. This is because Canada urgently needs foreign skilled workers to meet its labour market and economic needs.

So, even if ITAs Fall for PNP Applicants in New Express Entry Draw, we should expect the soon-to-rise in upcoming draws.

Thus, start your Canada Immigration journey TODAY! Free Assessment. Contact Us to know more about your chances of PR Visa Approval.

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