In the recent express entry draw, Canada has invited 545 candidates under Provincial Nomination Program (PNP), the country presently conducts draws twice a month for PNP and will soon resume the draws for FSWP and CEC candidates as well at the beginning of July.

The selected candidates are invited to apply for permanent residence; all the invited candidates have previously received their PNP nomination and had a minimum CRS score of 753. The score seems to be relatively high as the PNP candidates have the privilege of getting a whole sum of 600 points while they are nominated by the Canadian Province.

To look on the other way round, without provincial nomination the candidates would have been only with a base score of 172 points.

As a rule, to break the tie for the draw, the lowest-scoring candidate should have already submitted their profile in the express entry pool. 

To recall the previous draw, IRCC has invited 829 PNP candidates with a minimum CRS score of 772. 

An overview of recommencement of FSWP and CEC draws in July

On April 22, the immigration Minister Sean Fraser made an announcement to resume the draws in the month of July for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC), he also added a note regarding the processing time for new express entry applications will be brought back to a standard service time of 6 months or even less.

This is considered to be the much-needed and important news as the draws for the Federal skilled worker program (FSWP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) are on hold since December 2020 and September 2021 respectively. Also, the processing times for the above programs were delayed which crossed the six-month standard.

So IRCC logged on with a temporary interruption and conducted draws to make sure the skilled applications are processed at the earliest as a way to clear away the Express entry backlogs that prevailed during the pandemic.

This change or interruption of IRCC has reduced the proper movement of foreign skilled Immigrants into the Labour market of Canada which left out a radical impact with 1 million job vacancies with low unemployment rates. So as of now, Canada is looking over Immigration as a major road to be taken with utmost importance and considers express entry to be the driving force to attract all the talented foreign nationals to grow its economy.

The recent media release briefs out the following;

Half of the express entry backlogs have been cleared out in September 2021, and have been reduced to 48,000 by March 2022, subsequently, the decisions for inviting immigrants for permanent residence have also been increased twofold compared to 2021. To the present between January 1 and March 31, 2022, IRCC has decided to take in 1, 56,000 immigrants for permanent residence, and by 2024, it aims to open gates and welcome 1, 10,000 immigrants yearly through Express Entry.

What is Express Entry?

The timeless and efficient way to get a Canadian PR is via Express Entry, a point-based immigration program that manages applications for the key Canadian Immigration Programs such as the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program regulated by the Canadian Government where an applicant can submit his profile through an online portal.

The Comprehensive ranking system CRS is used as a ranking tool to analyze a candidate’s profile and award points accordingly. The top-scoring candidate will receive an ITA (Invitations to apply) for permanent residence. Once the application is reviewed by an IRCC officer the applicant will be asked for biometrics and also schedule an interview to proceed further. Thereafter on approving the application the applicant will receive a confirmation known as COPR (Confirmation of permanent residence) from IRCC, on receiving COPR an immigrant can complete the landing process by taking in the pre-arrival services to settle in the new land –Canada.

How the new Express Entry Draw works?

An ideal example of who was invited to the new express entry draw?

Joshua is 39 years old, and an information system manager with 6 years of work experience; he was very proficient in the English language but has never been to Canada either for work or studies. He dropped in his profile in the express entry pool with a CRS score of 386; meanwhile, she received a nomination and was invited to apply for permanent residence through Alberta’s Express Entry stream. So the new score rose to 986.

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