According to Canada’s immigration minister, Sean Fraser, the government is on track to exceed its immigration objective of providing permanent residency to more than 430,000 immigrants by 2022. On September 14, Canada held its sixth draw, granting 3,250 invites to apply for an Express Entry visa. On July 6, this year, Canada began their all-program drawings for immigration.
Beginning in December 2020, IRCC suspended all Express Entry draws for a period of 18 months. Only individuals eligible for permanent residency under the CEC or the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) were asked to apply during this time period. CEC draws, however, were also halted in September 2021.
The latest draw’s key points
- According to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut off score was 510.
- In this draw, candidates from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program were invited (FSTP).
“Right now, we’re witnessing a record amount of instances for applications and record productivity.” “However, for the time being, demand exceeds our processing capability,” Fraser explained.
- According to CIC News, the number of candidates receiving ITAs increased by 250 with each round until the final draw on August 31. There was a significant increase of 500 ITAs last week.
- The report also stated that the minimum CRS score has been gradually declining, losing between eight and nine points per draw. This draw, however, is unique in that there was only a six-point drop. In the July 6 draw, the minimum CRS score was 557.
The outcome of the invitation round
- 3,250 invitations were issued.
- To be invited to apply, you must have a rank of 3,250 or higher.
- Round date and time: September 14, 2022 at 13:29:26 UTC
- The lowest-ranked candidate invited had a CRS score of 510.
- Tiebreaker: January 8, 2022, 10:24:52 UTC
More changes are on the way:
IRCC has previously stated that it intends to make significant modifications to the Express Entry draw in 2023 in order to grant ITAs to individuals with certain work experience, education, or language ability groups who it feels will be well-positioned to support Canada’s economy and labour force. If such a mechanism is implemented, CRS scores may become less important in future draws.