Canada has held the first draw on 6th July for Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) candidates since December 2020.
Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates were also invited in this Express Entry draw. The last CEC draw happened in September 2021.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) sent a total of 1,500 Invitations to Apply to Express Entry candidates. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off score was 557.
In a written statement to CIC News, 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 are essential in addressing Canada’s labour shortages.”
The return of all-program draws under Express Entry is significant for many reasons.
- The Federal Skilled Worker Program used to be one of the primary ways Canada welcomed skilled immigrants to its country. Prior to the halt, the FSWP comprised about 45% of Invitations to apply under Express Entry.
- The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is the primary way for Canada’s large foreign worker and international student population to gain permanent residence. The CEC is one of the most prominent immigration routes for the Canadian government as it provides the most adaptable immigration population to the country with the highest retention rate.
Before the pandemic happened, the CEC comprised only 9% of all immigrants welcomed under Express Entry but last year, the CEC comprised nearly one-third of the total 405,000 immigrants who landed in Canada.
- In addition, IRCC plans to return to processing all of the pending Express Entry applications within six months.
What is All-program Express Entry draw?
All-program Express Entry draws occur when IRCC considers candidates from all three programs together and issues invitations to apply (ITA) for permanent residence only on the basis of the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. B
This means all candidates had a shot at getting an ITA.
Starting from January 2021, IRCC focused only on CEC candidates. This was due to the fact that most of the CEC candidates were in Canada and were less likely to face COVID-related challenges.
How does Express Entry work?
Express entry is one of the easiest and straight-forward ways to migrate to Canada. It is a two-step process. The first step is to submit the initial application which requires a list of documents.
Once your profile is submitted, you receive an ITA (Invitation To Apply) for Canadian permanent residence based on your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. You will then be required to submit a more substantial application that includes reference letters, police clearance certificates, and results of a medical examination.
You can read our comprehensive guide on Express Entry here.
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