In the latest Express Entry draw #236 hosted on November 23, 2022, Canada invited 4,750 individuals with a CRS cut-off requirement of 491. The CRS score has continued to fall in the eleventh all-program draw since July 6.
This draw invited candidates from the FSWP, CEC, and FSTP categories to apply for Canada PR. All of these programs are part of the Express Entry system.
All-program Express Entry draws were suspended for more than 18 months in December 2020. The draws were halted due to an application backlog created by COVID-19-related travel restrictions. Only applicants from the CEC or PNP category were invited to apply during this time period. However, in September 2021, IRCC also discontinued the CEC draw.
Coming back to this draw, it issues the same number of ITAs as the previous two on November 9 and October 26. With each round, the CRS score decreases by two or three points.
New NOC Codes Introduced
On November 16, 2022, IRCC announced moving its immigration system from NOC 2016 to NOC 2021 (TEER) codes. These NOC 2021 codes replaced NOC 2016’s four skill levels with six TEER levels, wherein the skills O, A, B, C, and D were replaced by TEER 0,1,2,3,4,5,6. These amendments will have an impact on almost every Canada immigration program.
Also, it is important to understand that candidates who have already acquired their ITA by November 16, 2022, should continue to apply for Canada PR using the NOC 2016 codes.
More about Express Entry System
It is one of Canada’s fastest immigration pathways to apply for Canada PR. It deals with three economic class immigration programs, i.e., the federal skilled worker program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the federal skilled trades program (FSTP).
Candidates planning to move to Canada under the PNP are eligible to apply under at least one of these programs.
Express Entry ranks candidates’ profiles using a point-based mechanism known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Candidates with the highest scores are given the Invitation to Apply (ITA) and can subsequently apply for permanent residence.
An IRCC officer reviews the candidate’s application and decides whether or not they are approved. If approved, the candidate will become a permanent resident of Canada, thus bringing them one step closer to becoming a Canadian citizen.
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