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Canada Immigration: 2022 Sees the IRCC Looking to Ramp Up Express Entry to Support Mounting Labor Market Needs

Fri Jul 29, 2022

Canada Immigration: 2022 Sees the IRCC Looking to Ramp Up Express Entry to Support Mounting Labor Market Needs

In a major immigration announcement, Sean Fraser, the Honorable Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, has announced that Canada is restarting Express Entry Federal Skilled Worker and Canadian Experience Class draws from July 2022.

This is a major announcement and will have a lasting influence on the Express Entry system as it already has an extensive backlog of applications due to the pandemic.

While this may worry candidates eagerly waiting for their chance, it also opens up a range of opportunities since the Department aims to return their application time to the ideal timeframe, which is six months.

In addition, there has also been a new policy that allows international students with a valid visa that expires soon can also stay longer in the country. Such professionals and students can add the extended period to their experience to qualify while applying for PR in Canada.

Statistics of Recent All-Program Draws by IRCC

In a recent development, the IRCC has revealed a full break down of the number of candidates that is given the ITAs in the recent draws held in July 2022. The first all-program draw took place on July 06, 2022—after an 18-month hiatus due to the pandemic.

On July 06 this year, a total of 1500 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System CRS score of 557 were given the ITAs. The CSR score is comparatively on the higher side this time. On July 20, 2022, the number of ITAs was 1750 and the CRS score was 542 in the second all-program draws.