In the latest Express Entry draw held on May 11, Canada invited 545 Express Entry candidates to apply for PR. This Express Entry draw was only for those candidates who received nominations from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). But had a score of at least 753. The cut-off for this draw was exceptionally high, as PNP candidates automatically get a 600 score jump. The lowest-scoring candidates would have received 172 points if they had not been nominated.

Candidates with the lowest eligible score received invites if they submitted their profiles to the Express Entry pool before December 15, 2021, at 20:32:57 UTC.

The previous draw saw invitations to 829 PNP candidates with scores of at least 772.

The FSWP and CEC draws to continue from July 2022

On April 22, Canada’s Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser, said that Express Entry invitations for Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates will start by early July. At the same time, the Minister claimed that they require six months for handling the bulk of new Express Entry applications.

Since September 2021, Canadian Experience Class (CEC) draws have been halted. This has been one of the main reasons behind the decline in invitations. Since December 2020, there have been no draws held for Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) candidates. The processing timelines are likewise presently substantially beyond the six-month objective. The brief disruption imposed by IRCC was to expedite highly skilled applicants. But that were waiting in line. This was to lessen the Express Entry backlog, which was aggravated by the epidemic.

This temporary shift in policy has reduced the flow of foreign skilled immigrants in the Canadian labour market. This comes at a time when there are over 1 million job openings in the country and all-time low unemployment rates.

Immigration is now more vital than ever in Canada. The Express Entry program is ready to re-establish Canada as a significant mechanism for attracting worldwide talent and growing its economy.

Immigration Numbers for 2022

The IRCC released their data during the April 22 media conference. The Express Entry backlog has decreased by more than half since September 2021. They plan to move ahead with a target of 48,000 applicants by March 2022. In addition, the number of permanent resident choices made in the first quarter of 2022 has more than quadrupled when compared to the same period in 2021. Between January 1 and March 31, 2022, the IRCC made 156,000 permanent residency determinations.

IRCC hopes to accept approximately 110,000 immigrants per year through Express Entry by 2024.

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