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Express Entry: Canada invites skilled immigrants overseas for first time since 2020

For the first time since December 2020, Canada has extended invitations to applicants for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP).

Candidates from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) were also selected in today’s Express Entry draw. Since September 2021, CEC applicants haven’t been selected in an Express Entry draw until now.

A total of 1,500 Express Entry candidates received invitations from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to submit applications for permanent residence. The cutoff score for the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) was 557.

Minister’s statement on today’s draw 

Canada’s Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said:

“Today, I am pleased to announce that Express Entry draws have officially resumed and applications will be processed at our 6-month processing standard. I want to thank the candidates from around the world for their patience, as we worked to reduce the backlog before resuming Express Entry draws. I look forward to welcoming skilled workers who will are essential in addressing Canada’s labour shortages.” 

Why today’s draw is big news 

For a number of reasons, the restoration of all-program draws is important. The Federal Skilled Worker Program was the principal method used by Canada to welcome skilled immigrants from its inception in 1967 until 2020. The FSWP made up around 45% of all applicants who were given an Express Entry ITA before the epidemic.

Another important development for CEC candidates is the resumption of all-program drawings. The CEC is the main route for Canada’s sizable population of foreign workers and students seeking permanent residency. Since Canada has relied on this pool to meet its immigration level goals, the CEC has gained notoriety. Just 9% of the 341,000 immigrants accepted into Canada under the economic, familial, and humanitarian categories combined made up the CEC prior to the pandemic. Nearly a third of the more than 405,000 immigrants who arrived in Canada last year were members of the CEC.

Sean Fraser, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, stated to CIC News two weeks ago that the IRCC was on schedule to hold an all-program Express Entry lottery on July 6 as planned. He acknowledged this on Monday via Twitter. This declaration was first made by IRCC in April. Furthermore, IRCC expects to resume processing the majority of Express Entry applications in six months.

All-program Express Entry draws take place when the IRCC takes into account every applicant in the Express Entry pool and only awards invitations to apply (ITA) for permanent residence based on their CRS score. The majority of the IRCC’s drawings between the commencement of Express Entry in 2015 and December 2020 were all-program ones. In light of this, the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) candidates all had a shot at getting an ITA. 

The IRCC narrowed its focus to just inviting CEC candidates as of January 2021. IRCC took this action because the majority of these applicants were Canadian citizens and were therefore less likely to encounter COVID-related obstacles than immigrants from other countries. However, in September 2021, IRCC put a halt to CEC invites in order to deal with its backlog of applications. In the interim, to assist the provinces and territories in addressing their labour market needs, IRCC has continued to run biweekly draws that only accept candidates from the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

How does Express Entry work? 

Express Entry involves two steps. Candidates must initially certify they satisfy the requirements of at least one of the three Express Entry programmes.
Candidates can upload their Express Entry profile to the IRCC website if they match the requirements. The Comprehensive Ranking System assigns candidates a score based on their human capital traits, including age, education, language proficiency, and work experience. The top-scoring applicants are invited by IRCC to submit an application for permanent residency every two weeks.
Those who have received invitations to apply for permanent residency have 60 days to do so. Most applications will be processed by IRCC in six months or less.

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