After the 18-month break, IRCC organizes its second straight all-program draw.
Canada on July 20 invited 1,750 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residency. One of the primary methods used in Canada to welcome immigrants is Express Entry. In 2022, Canada is expected to admit 55,900 immigrants through Express Entry, and by 2024, the target will increase to 111,500.
Applicants were invited if they had a score of at least 542 on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). There was no specific program for this draw, meaning applicants from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) could be invited.
The CRS requirement for the new draw is 15 points lower than the previous cross-program draw on July 6, when the minimum score was 577. Canada also issued 250 more invitations in this draw than in the previous round of 1,500 invitations.
Since December 2020, the second Express Entry draw
After an 18-month break, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited only candidates who were eligible for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or the Provincial Nominee Program for this second cross-program draw since July 6. (PNP).
In a cross-program Express Entry draw, IRCC considers the CRS of all applicants in the Express Entry pool, regardless of which program they are eligible for. Prior to the pandemic, most Express Entry draws were not program-specific, meaning applicants eligible for any Express Entry program had a chance to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) if they met the minimum CRS.
Between January 2021 and September 2021, IRCC conducted drawings for PNP and CEC approximately every two weeks. After September 21, 2021, the IRCC stopped inviting CEC candidates because the expected processing time for applications exceeded the six-month deadline.
Although IRCC has now resumed conducting cross-program draws, further changes to the Express Entry system are pending. The reforms included in the recently passed Bill C-19 are expected to take effect in early 2023. Once implemented, IRCC will be able to conduct targeted draws inviting Express Entry candidates to apply based on an economic objective. Candidates could be invited based on their occupation, education level, language skills, or other factors that meet the needs of the labor market.
The Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program all use Express Entry as their applicant management system (FSTP). Candidates for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in the Express Entry pool are already qualified for at least one of these schemes.
Candidate profiles are ranked using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), a points-based approach employed by Express Entry. The best candidates are given an Invitation to Apply (ITA), which permits them to submit an application for permanent residency.
An IRCC official evaluates the application after the candidate submits it before making a decision. In addition to requesting biometrics, the officer could schedule an interview or ask for other paperwork.
The candidate receives a Confirmation of Permanent Residence after being accepted (COPR). The last step is to finish the landing procedure and formally become a permanent resident of Canada.
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