Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada send an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to Express Entry applicants who are chosen (IRCC). When an ITA is granted from the Express Entry pool, it is distributed in a priority manner, which means only those with the most excellent CRS score will obtain an ITA.
The standard for now in 2022 appears to be a PNP draw once every two weeks on a Wednesday. Indeed, IRCC has verified that PNP draws will continue to be held every two weeks, with every PNP applicant in the Express Entry pool getting invited.
About the Express Entry CRS
Each Express Entry draw does indeed have a minimum cutoff score: only those with a CRS score equal to or greater than the cutoff score will be invited to apply. Applicants who have been in the pool the longest will earn the ITA if their CRS score is equivalent to the cutoff score.
The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) assigns a ranking to immigration in the Express Entry pool based on the following profile criteria:
Age, education level, and language competence in French and English are human capital variables. If appropriate, human capital factors for a spouse or common-law relationship.
Variables of skill transferability, such as overseas work experience and language ability, and other factors, such as a provincial nominee program, a valid employment offer, studies in Canada, French verbal ability, and having a sibling who is a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen.
The Comprehensive Ranking System allows for a maximum score of 1,200 points, yet it is impossible and unnecessary to obtain a CRS score of 1,200 points.
Will Express Entry begin inviting based on occupation?
Because of the current pause in CEC invites, many Express Entry candidates living in Canada are anxious that their work permits will expire before they are invited. While the newly released IRCC email acknowledges these CEC candidates’ concerns, the agency currently has no public strategies to welcome those individuals or extend their work visas.
Until now, Express Entry invites have been given solely based on a candidate’s CRS score and, in some cases, their program score (only PNP and CEC candidates have been invited since January 2021). Express Entry drawings have never selected candidates based on criteria other than score and program — but that could change in 2022.
At the moment, there is little clarity about Canada’s Express Entry approach until 2022. Minister Fraser, appointed Minister of Immigration in October, must present a new Immigration Levels Plan for 2022-2024 by February 14. The proposed program will clarify Canada’s immigration intentions for the coming year, but complete details on the Express Entry strategy may remain a mystery.
Are there any alternatives to Express Entry?
Canada has pitched several more fascinating immigration pilot schemes for various categories of workers:
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot: Especially skilled people interested in living and working in the participating rural and northern regions.
The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot: For agricultural and food production workers.
Caregiver Pilot Programs: For professional careers seeking permanent residency in Canada.
Atlantic Immigration Pilot: Since its inception three years ago, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot has become a huge success. So much so that the objective for admissions has been increased, and newcomers see more significant opportunities in Canada’s Atlantic regions.
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP): Canada is delegating increasing authority to provinces to select new immigrants. Provincial nominations increase your Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score by 600 points.
Intra-Company Transfer: If your current employer has a Canadian office, unit, or affiliate, you may be able to relocate to Canada swiftly under this work permit category. Annual admissions: more than 18,000 (admissions in 2018)
LMIA: Although the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) pathway to Canada (also known as ’employer sponsorship’) can be difficult and time-consuming, tens of thousands of LMIAs are awarded each year. It’s not unthinkable. Workers should have a job offer from an employer who has had to identify a Canadian citizen or permanent resident regionally to do the job for an LMIA to be given.
IRCC memo lays out possibilities for FSW and CEC draws
On February 14, 2022, the Canadian government unveiled its Immigration Plan for 2022-2024. The plan reiterates the country’s investment in expanding immigration targets for the period: about 243,150 new permanent residents during three years via the three Express Entry programs (FSW, CEC, and FST) and an additional approximately 262,500 via the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
The document, written in January and received by CIC News last week, adds context to IRCC’s previous communications about Express Entry in 2022, which indicated that FSW and CEC draw would probably be delayed for at least the start of 2022.
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