This week’s Express Entry draw did not take place due to recent changes in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores by the federal government.
On its website, the federal Department of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) explains that the lack of the regular draw follows IRCC’s announcement on Tuesday that it will now award more CRS points to applicants with proficiency in French in the Express Entry pool.
IRCC notes, “The CRS scores of all profiles in the pool will be updated automatically before the next round of invitation after the updates. It may take up to two weeks.”
As part of its Express Entry application management system, IRCC assigns immigrant applicants a CRS score based on their age, education, language skills, work experience, among other criteria.
Every two weeks, usually on Wednesdays, IRCC holds an Express Entry draw inviting the highest-scoring applicants to apply for permanent residence.
The last one took place on Wednesday, October 14, in the biggest Express Entry draw ever.
Immigration hopefuls have been eagerly awaiting this week’s draw, which was due to take place on Wednesday, October 28, but its absence may have created uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, IRCC clarified that the lack of a raffle this week is unrelated to the pandemic.
Instead, since up to 30 additional CRS points are now awarded to Francophone Express Entry applicants, IRCC must update the CRS scores of applicants in the Express Entry pool.
Once this update is complete, would-be immigrants can expect Express Entry draws to return at regular two-week intervals.
Yesterday’s announcement of Canada’s historic 2021-2023 immigration levels plan is further proof that IRCC plans to return its Express Entry operations to normal. As part of its new immigration levels plan, Canada will aim to welcome more than 400,000 immigrants each year, of which an average of 110,000 immigrants will be admitted under Express Entry programs between 2021 and 2023.
The goal of the changes made to the CBC earlier in the week is to encourage more skilled Francophone workers to immigrate to communities across Canada. Canada has two official languages, English and French, and therefore aims to maintain a strong Francophone character, in large part by attracting Francophone immigrants. Quebec operates its immigration system with the same objective. At the national level, IRCC’s mandate is to further encourage immigration to all other provinces and territories.
IRCC aims for Francophones to represent 4.4% of all immigrants outside Quebec, but this figure is currently 2.8%. The CRS changes are intended to help IRCC achieve this goal.
The number of ITAs will continue to increase as Canada aims to welcome over 400,000 immigrants per year as part of its 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan.
Reference is taken from CIC News
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