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For the first time since 2020, Canada invites skilled immigrants from abroad through Express Entry.

"Today, I am pleased to inform you that Express Entry draws have officially commenced, and applications will be processed at our 6-month processing standard," said Canada's Minister of Immigration. In order to overcome Canada's labor shortfall, it will be crucial to welcome talented workers.

For the first time since December 2020, Canada has extended invitations to applicants for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP).

Candidates from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) were also selected in today's Express Entry draw. Since September 2021, CEC applicants haven't been selected in an Express Entry draw until now.

A total of 1,500 Express Entry candidates received invitations from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to submit applications for permanent residence. The cutoff score for the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) was 557.

Minister's remarks regarding today's drawing:

Canada's Minister of Immigration, Sean Fraser, stated the following in a written statement to CIC News:

"Today, I'm happy to report that Express Entry draws have begun in full and that applications will be handled in accordance with our 6-month processing norm. I want to express my gratitude to the applicants from all over the world for their tolerance while we worked to clear the backlog before starting new Express Entry lotteries. In order to overcome Canada's labour shortfall, it will be crucial to welcome talented workers.

Why today's drawing is significant

For a number of reasons, the restoration of all-program draws is important. The Federal Skilled Worker Program was the principal method used by Canada to welcome skilled immigrants from its inception in 1967 until 2020. The FSWP made up around 45% of all applicants who were given an Express Entry ITA before the epidemic.

Another important development for CEC candidates is the resumption of all-program drawings. The CEC is the main route for Canada's sizable population of foreign workers and students seeking permanent residency. Since Canada has relied on this pool to meet its immigration level goals, the CEC has gained in notoriety. Just 9% of the 341,000 immigrants accepted into Canada under the economic, familial, and humanitarian categories combined made up the CEC prior to the pandemic. Nearly a third of the more than 405,000 immigrants who arrived in Canada last year were members of the CEC.

Sean Fraser, Canada's Minister of Immigration, stated to CIC News two weeks ago that the IRCC was on schedule to hold an all-program Express Entry lottery on July 6 as planned. He acknowledged this on Monday via Twitter. This declaration was first made by IRCC in April. Furthermore, IRCC expects to resume processing the majority of Express Entry applications in six months.

All-program Express Entry draws take place when the IRCC takes into account every applicant in the Express Entry pool and only awards invitations to apply (ITA) for permanent residence based on their CRS score. The majority of the IRCC's drawings between the commencement of Express Entry in 2015 and December 2020 were all-program ones. This implied that applicants for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) all stood a chance of receiving an ITA.

The IRCC narrowed its focus to just inviting CEC candidates as of January 2021. IRCC took this action because the majority of these applicants were Canadian citizens and were, therefore, less likely to encounter COVID-related obstacles than immigrants from other countries. However, in September 2021, IRCC put a halt to CEC invites in order to deal with its backlog of applications. In the interim, to assist the provinces and territories in addressing their labour market needs, IRCC has continued to run biweekly draws that only accept candidates from the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).


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