Updated: May 18
Canada's immigration department has confirmed that most of the new Express Entry applications will be processed in 6 months Further.
Before Covid-19, the Canadian government aimed to process most Express Entry immigration applications within six months time period.
Due to the Covid-19, Applicants have had to wait much longer than usual.
Non-Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Express Entry applicants are waiting well over 20 months on average for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to finalize their permanent residence applications.
IRCC Recent Annoucement for Processing
IRCC has recently confirmed it will soon be processing most new Express Entry applications within six months. This will take effect soon when IRCC resumes Express Entry invitations to Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), CEC, and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) candidates in early July.
Express Entry is the Quickest Way for Permanent Residency Pathway.
When processing time back to six months is also notable for immigration candidates since Express Entry will once again become the quickest way for the skilled workers to get permanent residency in Canada. Processing times for the over 100 other economic class immigration programs in Canada exceed six months.
It is the applicant's interest to prepare an Express Entry profile in time to get benefits from all-program draws happening in early July. Candidates should keep in mind that it takes time to prepare and complete the profile on IRCC’s website so your file should consider Complete submission for Processing. You may need time to book and complete your language test. In addition, you may need additional time to get an Educational Credential Assessment (if required), and gather other necessary documents.
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There are some major advantages even if Applicants enter the Express Entry pool ahead of July. For one, IRCC continues to hold bi-weekly Express Entry draws to invite Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates. Being in the pool now gives candidates the opportunity to get the invitation by a province or territory to apply for express entry with higher CRS Points.
If the candidate is nominated, then it is guaranteed to get an ITA from IRCC. The other major advantage is you may get an edge in case IRCC needs to use its tie-breaker rule. When multiple candidates have the same minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) that IRCC requires to get invited for permanent residence, IRCC will give preference to the candidates that submitted their express entry profile at a recent date.