Canada has conducted a new Express Entry draw, issuing 636 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to Provincial Nominee Program candidates.
The June 22 draw required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 752 points, 44 lower than the previous PNP draw.
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser recently announced that all-program draws would resume in early July.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been focused on clearing the current significant backlog before it resumes issuing ITAs in larger numbers.
Canada has so far issued 9,365 invitations, all to PNP candidates, in 2022.
IRCC issued a record 114,431 ITAs in 2021, all to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and PNP candidates. It beat the previous record of 107,350 set in 2020.
The latest draw saw the tie-breaking rule implemented on April 19, 2022, at 9.45am EST. If more than one candidate had the minimum CRS score, only those who submitted their Express Entry profiles before this date and time received invitations.
This was the 13th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2022 and 225th overall.
When Will FSWP and CEC Draws Resume?
Canada is to resume Express Entry draws for Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker and Federal Skilled Trades candidates in early July as it ramps up efforts to combat a chronic labour shortage.
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said on April 22 that the federal high-skilled backlog had been cut by more than half, from nearly 112,000 in September 2021 to 48,000 in March 2022. The backlog is expected to drop further by July.
It means that Canada can once again start issuing Invitations to Apply to skilled worker candidates both already in the country and from overseas. Since fall 2021, ITAs have only been issued to Provincial Nominee Program candidates.
New applications received from July will be processed within six months in the vast majority of cases, Fraser said in April.
What is Express Entry?
Express Entry is an immigration system implemented by Canadian immigration authorities (IRCC) on January 1, 2015 which manages skilled worker applications under Federal Economic programs. This includes the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program the Canada Experience Class and parts of the Provincial Nomination Programs.
Stakeholders expect to see high numbers of invitations return in July as Canada builds towards its target of 431,645 new permanent residents in 2022. CRS scores remain difficult to predict with program-specific draws during the COVID-19 crisis.
With the coronavirus crisis striking in March 2020, Canada switched to program-specific draws aimed at Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Program candidates. This had the affect of significantly increasing the number of individual draws beyond previous years.
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What Should Candidates Do Next?
Given the coronavirus crisis, it is difficult to predict what CRS scores will be required to secure an ITA in 2022. Scores dropped as low as 75 for a record CEC draw in 2021.
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