On September 28, 2022, Canada hosted its most current all-program Express Entry draw. Ever since they started up again on July 6, the recent one was their seventh all-program draw.
3,750 applicants with at least a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 504 received invites from IRCC. Invitations were extended to qualified applicants from Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), which are all Express Entry-based programs, as this was an all-program selection.
This round is the third time in succession that there were 500 more invites sent out than in the previous round. 3,250 candidates were invited to the September 14 draw, while 2,750 were invited to the August 31 draw.
The CRS is likewise at its lowest level since all-program drawings have restarted. Since the CRS scores peaked at 557 on July 6, they have been gradually declining. Scores dropped by eight or nine points in each of the initial five draws. Only six points were lost in the draw on September 14; the same was true for this week.
Because of a delay in applications brought on by COVID-19-related travel limitations, all Express Entry program draws were put on hold for more than 18 months beginning in December 2020. Only applicants from the CEC or Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) received invitations to apply throughout the hiatus. The IRCC also stopped holding lotteries for the CEC in September 2021.
According to statistics recently announced by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), between July and August 31, the delay for all applications fell from 2.7 million to 2.6 million.
The quantity of Express Entry applications waiting to be reviewed will also decrease as a result. There were 51,616 people in the Express Entry database as of the end of July. That number was down to 40,180 as of August 31—a drop of more than 10,000 applications in roughly six weeks.
The majority of the applications currently in the database are from PNP applicants. This is significant since certain PNPs, also known as improved nominations, are compatible with Express Entry schemes. The backlog of applicants under improved PNPs has diminished, according to IRCC.
Through Express Entry programs, Canada has extended invitations to 28,039 immigrants so far in 2022. This relates to Canada’s objective of welcoming 432,000 new immigrants by the completion of this year under the Immigration Levels Plan 2022–2024. As of now, it seems that Canada will achieve this goal since it has already received over 300,000 immigrants.
High immigration targets for Canada, even those through Express Entry programs, are the result of a number of reasons, including a 5.7% employment vacancy rate at the moment. The most significant group of Canadians of working age, the baby boomers, will become eligible for retirement in the upcoming ten years, adding to the already significant lack of competent workers.
Express Entry will change in 2023 in reaction to the shortage of workers. Soon, the IRCC will have the power to grant ITAs to applicants who have particular educational backgrounds, professional backgrounds, or language skills and who are well-suited to support the Canadian economy and labor force. Because there may be focused draws that give other characteristics greater weight, this adjustment will have an impact on how important a high CRS is for candidates.
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). Applicants for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in the Express Entry pool are already qualified for at minimum one of the above schemes.
The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), a points-based method used by Express Entry, ranks prospective candidates. The highest-scoring applicants are given an Invitation to Apply (ITA), after which they can submit a permanent residency application.
An IRCC official evaluates the application after the applicant submits it before making a decision. In addition to requesting biometrics, the officer could schedule an interview or ask for other paperwork. The applicant will then be a permanent resident of Canada and one step closer to obtaining Canadian citizenship if this is successful.
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