Recently, Canada conducted its all-program express entry draw on 28th September 2022. Also, this was the seventh all-program draw as on 6th July, they restarted. In addition, 3,750 invitations were issued by the IRCC to the applicants with the least CRS score of 504. Also, as this was an all-program draw, the invitations were issued to the CEC qualified, FSWP, and FSTP qualified claimants of all programs that run under the Express Entry system.
Moreover, this express entry draw is the 3rd in the row in that there was a growth of 500 issued invitations through the last draw. In addition, 3,250 applicants were invited in the September 14 draw, and 2,750 candidates were invited in the August 31st draw. As well, it is the least minimum CRC as all the express entry draw programs are resumed. On July 6th, CRS scores were reduced in increments from 557. Additionally, the scores decreased by eight or nine points for every draw over the first 5 draws. As well, the September 14th express entry draw saw a lessening of 6 points only and the same for this week’s draw.
At the start of December 2020, express entry all-programs draws were paused for more than 18 months due to the applications backlog. This is caused by the pandemic-related travel restrictions. At the time the programs paused, the applicants from the CEC or PNP only were issued in September 2021. In addition, the IRCC paused for the draws CEC.
Backlog Is Decreasing
Recently, IRCC released data that says the backlog for all the applications has reduced from 2.7 million to 2.6 between July and August 31st. Also, it includes a dent in the number of express entry applications that are pending, and need to be processed. There were 51,616 people in the express entry inventory in late July. Also., this number has reduced to 40, 180 as of August 31st.
As well, more than half of the applications now in the inventory are from the PNP candidates. Also, this is notable as numerous PNPs are associated with the express entry program, which is known as the improved nominations. Moreover, the applications backlogs below the enhanced PNPs are decreased according to the IRCC. Also, there was a growth in PNP applications in which the applicants applied directly to a regional government.
Express Entry Inventory
|Persons as of August 31
|Federal Skilled Workers (EE)
|Canadian Experience Class (EE)
|Skilled Trades (EE)
|Provincial/Territorial Nominees (EE)
Up to now in 2022, 28,039 invitations issued by Canadian immigrants through Express Entry programs. This is also part of the Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024 in which Canada is aiming for some 432,000 new refugees by the end of this year. Up to now, it seems Canada is on its way to hitting this target as more than 300,000 newcomers, across all business lines, have been received.
All-Time High Job Vacancies
Canada’s high migration targets, including those over Express Entry programs, branch from numerous factors including a job vacancy rate that presently stands at 5.7%. There is also a prominent shortage of skilled workers that will be additionally increased as the largest working-age Canadian demographic, baby boomers, reaches the retirement age of 65 in the coming period.
As an answer to the worker shortage, Express Entry will be altered in 2023. As well, IRCC will soon have the right to issue ITAs to applicants with precise work experience, language abilities, or education that are well-positioned to assist Canada’s economy and labor strength. This alteration will influence the high CRS importance for applicants as there may be aimed draws that consider other factors more severely.
For three Canadian immigration programs: the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), Express entry is the application management system. Also, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) applicants in the Express Entry pool are already qualified for a minimum of one of these programs.
To rank the profiles of the claimants, Express Entry uses a points-based system, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). In addition, the top-scoring contenders will get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and can then apply for permanent residency.
After the applicant applies, an IRCC officer assesses the application and makes a choice. The officer will also ask for biometrics and may set up an interview or demand more essential credentials. Once this is over, if accepted, the aspirant is now a permanent resident of Canada and one step nearer to becoming a citizen of Canada.
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