Canada invites 3,750 candidates in the most recent Express Entry draw

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On September 28, 2022, Canada hosted its most current all-program  draw. Ever since they started up again on July 6, this was their seventh all-program draw.

3,750 applicants with a minimal Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) rating of 504 received invites from IRCC. Invitations were sent to qualified applicants from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), all programs that use the Express Entry system, as this was an all-program draw.

This round is the third time in a row when there were 500 more invites sent out than in the previous round. 3,250 candidates were invited to the September 14 draw, while 2,750 were invited to the August 31 draw. The CRS is likewise at its lowest level since all-program drawings have restarted. Since the CRS scores peaked at 557 on July 6, they have been gradually declining. Scores dropped by 8 or 9 points for each of the first five draws. Only six points were lost in the draw on September 14; the same was true for this week.

Due to a backlog of applications brought on by COVID-19-related travel limitations, all Express Entry program draws were put on hold for more than 18 months beginning in December 2020. Only applicants out from CEC or Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) received invitations to apply throughout the hiatus. The IRCC also stopped holding lotteries for the CEC in September 2021.

The backlog is shrinking:

According to data recently issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), between July and August 31, the backlog for all applications fell from 2.7 million to 2.6 million. The quantity of Express Entry requests waiting in the queue will also decrease as a result. There were 51,616 people in the Express Entry database as of the end of July. That number was down to 40,180 as of August 31—a drop of more than 10,000 applications in roughly six weeks.

The majority of the implementations in the database are from PNP applicants. This is significant since certain PNPs, also known as enhanced nominations, are compatible with Express Entry schemes. The backlog of requests through enhanced PNPs has diminished, according to IRCC. However, there has been a rise in PNP applications from people who submit their requests to the respective province governments directly (base PNPs).

Express Entry database:

Through Express Entry programs, Canada has extended offers to 28,039 immigrants in 2022. This relates to Canada’s objective of welcoming 432,000 new immigrants by the conclusion of this year under the Immigration Levels Plan 2022–2024. Since of now, it seems like Canada has achieved its goal, that over 300,000 new immigrants from all business sectors have been welcomed.

A record number of jobs are available.
Canada’s aggressive immigration goals, including those achieved via Express Entry programs, are the result of a number of circumstances, including a 5.7% employment vacancy rate at the moment. The greatest group of Canadians in the working age population, the baby boomers, will soon approach retirement age and there will be an even greater scarcity of trained workers.

Employment openings at an all-time high:

Canada’s aggressive immigration goals, including those achieved via Express Entry programs, are the result of a number of circumstances, including a 5.7% employment vacancy rate at the moment. The greatest group of Canadians in the working age population, the baby boomers, will soon approach retirement age and there will be an even greater scarcity of trained workers.

In 2023, Express Entry will undergo change in response to the labor deficit. The IRCC will soon be able to grant ITAs to applicants who have particular qualifications in terms of their education, work experience, or language proficiency and who are well-suited to help the Canadian economy and labor force. This modification will have an impact on candidates’ perceptions of the value of a high CRS because there could be focused draws that give more weight to certain criteria.

Express Entry: What is it?

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program all use Express Entry as their application management system (FSTP). Candidates for at minimum one of these programs from the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in the Express Entry pool already are qualified.

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