Express Entry: ITAs rise while CRS falls in new all-program draw
After an 18-month hiatus, IRCC holds its second all-program draw in a row. On July 20, Canada invited 1,750 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence. Express Entry is one of the primary methods by which Canada welcomes newcomers. Canada is on track to welcome 55,900 immigrants through Express Entry in 2022, with the target increasing to 111,500 by 2024.
Candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 542 were invited. Because no programme was specified for this draw, candidates from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) could be invited.
The CRS requirement for the new draw is 15 points lower than the minimum cut-off score for the previous all-program draw on July 6, which were 557. Furthermore, Canada issued 250 more invitations in this round than in the previous round of 1,500 invitations.
The tie-breaking rule is expected to go into effect on December 30, 2021.
The following is a table of the express entry results:
Date of draw
No. of invitations issued
Minimum CRS score
July 20th , 2022
Since December 2020, this is the second Express Entry draw.
After an 18-month hiatus, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited only candidates eligible for immigration through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
IRCC considers the CRS from all candidates in the Express Entry pool, regardless of which programme they are eligible for, in an all-program Express Entry draw. Prior to the pandemic, most Express Entry draws were not program-specific, which meant that candidates who met the minimum CRS for any Express Entry programme could receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
IRCC held PNP and CEC draws every two weeks between January 2021 and September 2021. After September 21, 2021, IRCC no longer invited CEC candidates because expected application processing times exceeded the six-month standard.
Although the IRCC has returned to holding all-program draws, more changes to the Express Entry system are on the way. The reforms outlined in the recently passed Bill C-19 are set to take effect in early 2023. Once implemented, IRCC will be able to hold targeted draws in which Express Entry candidates will be invited to apply based on a specific economic goal. Candidates may be invited based on their occupation, educational background, language skills, or any other factor that corresponds to labour market needs.
What exactly is Express Entry?
It is Express Entry that manages applications for the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program. Candidates for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in the Express Entry pool are already eligible for at least one of these programmes.
Express Entry ranks candidates' profiles using a point-based system known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). A permanent residency application can be filed by candidates who receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
IRCC officers review applications and make decisions following their review. Biometrics will be requested and an interview may be scheduled or additional documents may be requested.
When the application is approved, the applicant receives a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR). The final step is to complete the landing process and become a permanent resident of Canada.
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