Under the Express Entry program, eligible candidates who qualify under the four federal economic immigration programs (Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, and Provincial Nominee Program) will create a profile and enter a pool of candidates. Candidates are ranked under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) system, and those with the highest scores will be invited to apply for permanent residency within 60 days.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Express Entry draws were paused as IRCC could not process applications within its six-month standard processing time, but the good news is that draws will resume from July 2022. However, some new changes are being discussed in the Parliament that, if they get approved, will affect how candidates will be selected and receive their invitation to apply (ITA).
The new proposed changes are intended to match Canada’s economic goals; to mainly address the labour shortages that Canada is experiencing now. The new measures aim to fuel the economic growth of the country as well as create more opportunities for recent graduates and those applicants who will contribute to Canada’s “short-term recovery and long-term prosperity.”
Starting July 2022, the Minister of Immigration will have more power and flexibility on who can be invited from the Express Entry pool. This means that the Minister will focus on identifying a specific economic goal and invite those who would be eligible based on that goal.
Before each draw, the Minister will be required to identify an economic goal to be targeted. For example, if the economic goal is to improve Canada’s tech sector. In that case, candidates with work experience and education background in this field who have the highest score in the pool of that category will be invited to apply for permanent residency. These specific goals will be established by the Minister via ministerial instructions, just like the regular draws that take place through Express Entry. Before each draw, the Minister will be required to identify an economic goal to be targeted.
As mentioned by Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, the good news is that it is guaranteed that new applications submitted from July will be processed within the standard six months. Pausing Invitations to Apply (ITAs) has resulted in reducing the existing backlogs by the IRCC, and now, they are ready to process more Express Entry applications.
If you are planning to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency through the Express Entry program, we can assist you! You may simply fill out our Free General Assessment Form to check your eligibility for Express Entry. After reviewing your form and assessing your situation, we can calculate your score, and if you are eligible to apply, we can get your file ready for the next draw!