Express Entry - Road ahead


If you are eagerly waiting for Canadian permanent residency, then Express Entry is the choice. It is one of the primary method used in the country to welcome the aspiring immigrants. Express Entry is also called an online system through which Canadian government organizes and processes applications for skilled workers who wish to immigrate to Canada and acquire Canadian permanent residence status.

Canada is gearing up to welcome 55,900 permanent residents through Express Entry in 2022, and by the end of 2024, the plan is to invite a total of 111,500 PRs. The Express Entry process, the application management system for Canadian immigration programs, is likely to see some changes next year.

According to the minister, IRCC has yet to plan its next FSWP and CEC draw, although they are still considering Express Entry draw alternatives for 2022. In addition, Fraser told that IRCC does not intend to revoke or reimburse previously filed permanent residence applications in order to decrease backlogs. This has been rumored on social media since the Canadian government did it approximately ten years ago to minimise its inventory.

IRCC is moving towards a more integrated, modernized and centralized working environment in order to help speed up application processing globally,” Aidan Strickland, Press Secretary at the Office of the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, told ET.

There are a total of three immigration programs that are managed through the Canadian Express Entry.

  1. Canadian Experience Class (CEC):- Aspirants who have Canadian employment experience (gained three years before application) can now apply through this method. Usually, international students living in Canada take this route to apply for PR.

2) Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP):- People with foreign working experience can apply through Express Entry under this program. Under this, factors like age, education, employment history etc are considered for the permanent residency of the country.

3) Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP): Workers who have skills in construction, agriculture, and manufacturing can apply under this category.

Issuing Express Entry invitations based on the occupational background would be a first for Express Entry, but it would also leverage a long-standing approach used by IRCC and the provinces and territories for decades. Previously, FSWP candidates had to fall under an in-demand National Occupational Classification (NOC) code in order to be eligible for the FSWP. Today, in order to pursue immigration through multiple federal and provincial paths, you must have an acceptable NOC.

Express Entry has managed FSWP, CEC, and FSTP candidates based on their CRS score since its inception in 2015, and more so during the pandemic, based on the programme of eligibility. Before the pandemic, IRCC would usually encourage individuals with the highest CRS scores to apply for permanent residence regardless of their programme of eligibility.

This strategy was justified on the grounds that people with the highest CRS scores had the best chance of integrating into the Canadian labour market. IRCC held the latest all-program draw in December 2020. In addition, IRCC issued Express Entry invites to CEC and PNP applicants between January and September 2021. The argument for concentrating on CEC candidates is that they are most likely to be in Canada and hence would not be hampered by travel restrictions or other public health measures. The purpose of inviting PNP applicants is for IRCC to assist provinces and territories in meeting their labour market demands.

Adding an occupation-based approach to Express Entry invites would provide IRCC with another tool for addressing labour shortages. Although Express Entry already offers 50 or 200 CRS points for scheduled work, most candidates may get a permanent residence invitation without a job offer.




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