On April 27, Canada invited 829 Express Entry applicants to apply for Permanent Residency. In the current invitation round, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) solely invited Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates with at least 772 CRS scores.
A nominated PNP candidate’s score automatically boosts by 600 points. Thus, the minimum score was relatively high. The lowest-scoring candidates would have received 182 points if they did not get nominations.
The invited candidates have 60 days to apply for permanent residency in Canada.
The number of candidates invited to this draw is lower than in the last draw. 787 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 782 received invites in the last draw.
When is Canada going to resume draws for all programs?
The Canadian government recently announced that Express Entry draws for all programs would restart in early July 2022. The current Express Entry processing durations which range from seven to more than twenty months reduce to within six months of their submission.
For economic immigrants to Canada, Express Entry had been the number 1 choice. But this scenario changed with the pandemic and the ensuing travel restrictions. Before the pandemic, the majority of draws were not program-specific. This enabled applications from candidates under any Express Entry-managed program.
However, because of COVID-19-related travel limitations, Canada had opted to focus on fulfilling its record-breaking immigration objectives by converting a large number of temporary residents to permanent residents by focusing on CEC candidates.
This tactic increased the number of Express Entry applications, particularly FSWP applications, which were frequently from abroad candidates. Because of the backlog, processing times substantially exceeded the six-month threshold.
Since September 2021, Canadian Experience Class (CEC) draws stopped. 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.
Canada is currently experiencing historically high labour shortages. This has been compounded further by the lack of CEC and FSWP candidates. Unemployment is at an all-time low, while job openings are approaching all-time highs.
When all-program Express Entry draws resumes, IRCC may probably target in-demand occupations. Until then, Canada expects to continue to prioritize PNP applicants in Express Entry draws. Many provinces choose applicants for invitations straight from the Express Entry pool. As a result, if you want to immigrate through Express Entry, you should start filling up your profile right now. This ensures that you will have the opportunity to be invited by a province or through the next large Express Entry draw.
Meanwhile, IRCC is aiming for 55,000 Express Entry permanent residents in 2022, which is roughly half of its objective for 2021. Before this year, Express Entry was the primary route for new economic immigrants to Canada. The temporary decrease in Express Entry objectives is to allow it to wind down its Temporary to Permanent Residence (TR2PR) program and meet other priorities.
IRCC hopes to welcome more than 110,000 immigrants through Express Entry by 2024.
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