The score on the Express Entry CRS fell to 496
Since the draw for all programs began in December of 2020, this is the first time in 2 years’ that the CRS has fallen below the 500 mark.
The draw for the most recent round of Canada’s Express Entry program took place on October 26.
Since the all-program draws were resumed on July 6, this is the seventh draw that has taken place.
Invitations were extended to 4,750 applicants who had scored 496 or above on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Candidates who had participated in the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), or the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) were all eligible to receive invites. Express Entry serves as the umbrella organization for all of these different initiatives.
Draws for all Express Entry programs were put on hold beginning in December 2020 and lasting for more than 18 months. During the break, invitations to apply were sent out to candidates who had participated in either the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) (ITAs). Because of a backlog in application submissions brought on the travel restrictions relating to COVID-19, the draws have been put on hold. The IRCC stopped holding lotteries for the CEC about the same time, in September of 2021.
The CRS has fallen below 500 for the very first time since the drawing of new cards was resumed thanks to this draw. The score has not been this low since December 23, 2020, when it was 468. This is the lowest score it has ever been. Following the draw, the draws for all Express Entry programs were put on hold in order to prevent an even greater backlog of applications for permanent residence from being created.
As a result of decreasing the CRS score, IRCC is now able to raise the number of ITAs that it issues. This is evidenced by the fact that the number of candidates in each of the eight prior drawings increased as the CRS score gradually declined.
In the following days, Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025 is anticipated to be released.
The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Commission (IRCC) publishes a new plan every year, with the intention of establishing a target number of newcomers to the country for each of the next three years. The numbers are then further broken down into the many categories of immigration and the programs that pertain to each category. The Immigration Levels Plan set a goal of 55,900 new permanent residents to be obtained through Express Entry in the year 2022. Since the beginning of the year and up until the 31st of August, Canada has welcomed slightly more than 28,000 new permanent residents through the Express Entry programs. By November 1 of this year, it is anticipated that a new Immigration Levels Plan would have been introduced.
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