The 6th Express Entry draw since all-program draws resumed on July 6 in 2022 issued 3,250 invitations to apply by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on September 14.
The CRS cut-off score was 510 points for this draw. Candidates from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program received invites because there was no program indicated for the draw (FSTP). One of the most popular routes for immigration to Canada is Express Entry.
Each draw up until the last one on August 31 saw an increase of 250 candidates earning ITAs. The 500 ITAs increased significantly last week, and today's draw represents a continuation of that pattern. The minimum CRS score has likewise been decreased, losing between eight and nine points with each draw. This draw, though, is distinct because the loss was only five points. For the draw on July 6, the lowest CRS score was 557.
Beginning in December 2020, the IRCC suspended all Express Entry draws for a period of more than 18 months. Only those individuals were asked to apply during this time who qualified for permanent residency through the CEC or the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). But in September 2021, CEC draws were also suspended.
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). Candidates for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in the Express Entry pool are already qualified for at least one of these schemes.
The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), a points-based system used by Express Entry, ranks candidate profiles. 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 candidate 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.
In 2023, the IRCC intends to make significant changes to Express Entry Program in order to better target labour market gaps. The government would now have the power to grant ITAs to those with particular work experience, educational background, or language proficiency. Any candidate from the categories that they feel will be best able to help Canada's economy and labour force could be considered. This will have an effect on the usefulness of CRS scores in some situations, and they might lose some of their significance in some upcoming draws.
On stage at the technology conference Collision in June, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser provided justification for this idea by claiming that if Canada can project talents that are needed over the next 20 to 30 years, the country can introduce people who can hit the ground running and have a huge economic effect.
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