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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has updated that all-program Express Entry draws resume on 6th July 2022 and the number of invitations could be similar to pre-pandemic numbers, according to the press release provided by IRCC internal briefing memo enclosed for your reference. 

Minister stated that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is on way to control Express Entry draws in early July. 

Though the estimated number of invitations issued in each round was redacted, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) memo said the draw size would be consistent with the average number of invitations issued pre-pandemic.

•    All-program draws in 2019 ranged from 3,200 to 3,900 applications. 

•    All-program draws in 2020 before March 18 reached between 3,400 and 4,500 applications. 

•    In May 2021, the government introduced the Temporary Residence to Permanent Residence (TR2PR) program in an effort to admit 90,000 new permanent residents who were already in Canada.  

When the border closed in March 2020, IRCC shifted its policy to hold program-specific draws. For the first few months of the pandemic, only Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) applicants were invited to apply.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)  held draws for these applicants in an effort to meet its record-breaking immigration targets amidst travel restrictions.

Canadian Experience Class (CEC) applicants, who are most often already in Canada, were less likely to be affected by travel restrictions, and so IRCC continued holding draws for them. 

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) applicants were invited because of the federal government’s commitment to supporting provincial immigration goals. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) candidates were left out because a large fraction of them were abroad, and were not able to land in Canada among travel restrictions.

Prior to the pandemic, IRCC usually considered all applicants in its bi-weekly Express Entry draws. This meant IRCC would invite the candidates with the highest Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores, irrespective of their program of eligibility.

The return to all-program draws will be welcome for all applicants under FSWP, FSTP and CEC. From its beginning in 1967 until the start of the pandemic, the FSWP was the main alleyway for economic class immigrants to come to Canada. Pre-pandemic, it reported for some 45 per cent of all those invited for permanent residence via Express Entry.

Study by World Education Services (WES), one of the Educational Credential Assessment  (ECA)  workers designated by IRCC, proposes that there remains solid demand for FSWP applicants to go ahead with the Canadian immigration method despite what has emerged over the pandemic.

Temporarily, the recommencement of draws to CEC applicants will assist those in Canada maintain their legal status to reside in the country. When an Express Entry applicants in Canada becomes an ITA and then submits their permanent residence application, they have a chance to also apply for a bridging open work permit (BOWP). The BOWP allows applicants to maintain their legal status in Canada while their permanent residence is being administered.

CEC applicants have not been able to take advantage from the BOWP in the absence of ITAs to them since September 2021. Knowing this, IRCC also declared in April that it would be offering an open work permit extension to the main cohort of CEC applicants operative this summer. 

This regiment are those who have recently seen, or are soon set to see their Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) expire. There is no update available on whether IRCC will begin to accept open work permit applications for these individuals.

Announced in 2015, Express Entry is an application management system for the FSWP, FSTP, CEC, and a portion of the PNP. Eligible applicants upload their profile on IRCC’s website. The applicants are then awarded CRS score based on their human capital characteristics such as their age, education, language skills, and work experience. 

When all-program draws restart, IRCC is expected to invite those with the highest CRS scores to apply for permanent residence, as was the norm prior to the pandemic.

Looking ahead, IRCC is suggesting a major change to Express Entry that would provide the department with Ministerial Instructions authority to issue ITAs to certain groups it believes will be well-positioned to support Canada’s diverse economic needs.

The minister clarified the basis for this proposal while on stage at Collision, stating “If we can project skills that are needed over the next 20 to 30 years, we can bring people who can hit the ground running and make a major economic impact.”

Express Entry is Canada’s flagship application management system for those seeking to immigrate permanently through the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Canadian experience class and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Through Express Entry, applicants submit profiles that are ranked, and periodically, applicants with the highest ranking points are invited to apply for permanent residence to Canada. 

About 95,000 post-graduation work permits expire between January 31 and December 31, 2022. While many former students with expiring work permits have already transitioned to permanent residence, applied for permanent residence or successfully applied for a different type of work permit, we anticipate as many as 50,000 applicants could benefit from this temporary measure.






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Applicants can forward their resume to assess their eligibility under Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program and Canadian Experience Class or Provincial Nominee Program and be successful in obtaining a family Immigration visa.  

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