The candidates are invited under all three Express Entry programs:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP),
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) &
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Details of Express Entry Draw, April 12, 2023
Total Invitations: 3,500
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The latest draw have been followed by three consecutive Express Entry draws, which invited 7,000 candidates.
In the last year, IRCC introduced its Immigration Levels Plan which outines immigration targets for PR’s across all the business lines for upcoming three years.
In 2023, 82,880 candidates will get the PR status through Express Entry programs, rising to 1,14,000 a year by the year 2025.
PGWP Extension available as of April 6
The latest all-program draws are beneficial for candidates from CEC program.
Many of the candidates are concerned about the expiry status of their Post Graduate Work Permit’s. To assist the candidates, Immigration Minister had announced that ‘effective April 6, PGWP holders are eligible to apply for an 18-month open work permit extension’.
PGWP, Post Graduate Work Permit is a one-time open work permit for international students who graduate from a post-secondary institution in Canada. If a candidate’s PGWP expires before they receive an ITA, they are no longer eligible to apply for PR. It can be expensive and time-consuming to find an alternative work permit or obtain a visitor record.
Between November 2022 and February 2023, few CEC candidates received ITAs due to a six-week unplanned draw pause followed by four program-specific draws that did not target CEC candidates.