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Express Entry Draw on 7 December delayed- Find out possible reasons & opening date

  • Rajneesh Kumar
  • 8 December, 2022

The Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) did not open the Express Entry draw, scheduled on 7 December 2022 as per fortnightly draw pattern of the EE draws. Usually, the IRCC hold Express Entry draws every two weeks, i.e. on alternate Wednesdays.

Last EE draw, took place on 23rd November 2022, wherein the IRCC invited 4,750 candidates with a CRS score requirement of 491 points. However, breaking the regular pattern, IRCC did not conduct any EE draw on this Wednesday (7 December 2022).  

Click here to see the complete list of Express Entry draws until date 

Possible reasons for the delay of 7 December Express entry draw

Unfortunately, the IRCC has not issued any official statement explaining the reasons for the delay as well as announcing the date when will it open next, which is quite surprising. Since the EE candidates are desperately searching for the reasons, and opening date, here are few possibilities, which we can assess, based on latest chain of events.

  • Implementation of New NOC system

The IRCC implemented new NOC 2021 system on 16 November 2022, replacing the old NOC 2016 system. This change has made various changes to the EE system as well as the eligibility status of the candidates, which were visible in the first draw after this implementation, which occurred on 23 November 2022.

Click here to view new Canada NOC Occupation list- NOC 2021 Version- 1

After 23 November draw, some candidates reported glitches in the EE system, complaining that they did not get the ITA despite having an above par score, i.e. over 500 CRS points. Hence, most possibly, in order to fix such glitches, the IRCC delayed the 7 December draw. However, this is only our assessment based on assumption and there is no proof regarding this.

  • Targeted EE draw

With the announcement of new NOC system, the IRCC also indicated that in future it might hold the targeted i.e. occupation based EE draws to invite candidates as per the requirements of Canadian labour market. Therefore, possibly, with the intention of Targeted EE draws, this delay has occurred. Although, the possibilities of this are very low at this particular point, as such changes will most likely take place in 2023 post official implementation of Bill C-19.

When will much awaited EE draw open?

The candidates are expecting the draw to open next day, i.e. on 8 December or possibly this week, however, considering the post instances of such delays, we may expect the next Express Entry draw on next Wednesday.

Having said this, only Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) can tell the reasons for delay and next date of the EE draw, as it often come up with such surprises for the candidates.

Declaimer: The Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is the only officially responsible body to confirm the Express Entry draw dates and reasons for delay. The reasons mentioned in this article are thoroughly based on assumptions considering the recent chain of events. 

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To know more and apply for Permanent Resident (PR) Visa in Canada through Express Entry or Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), you may contact Visas Avenue Canada Immigration Expert and Advisor on Toll-Free No. 78-18-000-777 or you can drop us an e-mail at

- Rajneesh Kumar

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