Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a total of 7,000 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residence. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off score was 481. IRCC considered candidates from all programs.
Today’s draw had the lowest CRS score requirement for an all-program draw since the December 23, 2020 Express Entry draw (back then, the score was 468). In order for the CRS to fall to 481 today, IRCC has invited a total of 21,000 candidates over the past two weeks.
The Canada Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024 is out now. There’s a higher target and an apparent drive to catapult immigration to new heights in the latest plan for Canada Immigration and The overall target for immigrants has been set as follows:
Canada is expected to only hold PNP draws for the time being. While announcing measures to improve the immigration system, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser did not say when Canada would resume draws for Express Entry candidates who are eligible for other programs, such as the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). However, he assured reporters that the pause is temporary.
Before the pandemic, most Express Entry invitations went to FSWP candidates. In 2021, Canada invited more CEC candidates to apply than any other program, until it paused CEC draws in September. As a result of pandemic closures, and IRCC’s strategy to transition temporary residents to permanent residents, there is now a backlog of more than 1.8 million people waiting on immigration decisions. As of December, about 119,000 of these individuals were Express Entry candidates.
Express Entry is a points-based system that manages immigration applications for the three Federal High Skilled programs, which include the: Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Federal Skilled Trades Program. Some PNPs also use Express Entry to invite candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.
If you are eligible for an Express Entry-managed program, you will get a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS awards points based on skilled work experience, education, age, official language skills, and other factors.
James Jim is 31, holds a two or more degree and has been working as a Business Development Officers and Marketing Researchers and Consultants for last five years. He wrote the IELTS and scored was 9 CLB. James Jim has never worked or studied in Canada. He entered the Express Entry pool as a Federal Skilled Worker with a score of 462. After receiving a provincial nomination from Ontario, James Jim saw his CRS score increase to 1057. He then received an ITA in the new Express Entry draw.
Ishita Ganguli is 28 years old, holds a Master degree and has been working as an Corporate Sales Manager for three years. She wrote the IELTS and scored a 7 in Writing and 7 in every other ability. Ishita does not have Canadian experience. She recently entered the Express Entry pool and obtained a CRS of 469. Now She got ITA from Ontario & Express Entry as well.
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