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Canada Immigration News: IRCC to Reopen Express Entry Pathways for Permanent Residency

Canada Immigration News: IRCC to Reopen Express Entry Pathways to Permanent Residency


Canada Immigration: IRCC to Reopen Express Entry Pathways to Permanent Residency. Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has announced that Canada will resume all Express Entry programs in July, 2022.

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is set to resume Express Entry invitations for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) by early July. Despite the backlogs, IRCC has affirmed its commitment to process majority of the Express Entry applications within six months.

Canada invited 829 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on April 27.

All invited candidates had previously received a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and had a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of at least 772. The minimum score was relatively high because Express Entry candidates get an automatic 600 points added to their score when they receive a provincial nomination. Without the nomination, the lowest-scoring candidates would have had 172 base points.

In the previous invitation round, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC) invited 787 PNP candidates with scores of at least 782.

Canada Immigration News: IRCC to Reopen Express Entry Pathways to Permanent Residency

Before the pandemic, IRCC only rarely held PNP-only draws. More often, IRCC would invite the highest-scoring candidates to apply for immigration regardless of which program they were eligible for.

During the early days of the pandemic, IRCC focused on inviting CEC candidates to achieve its goal to admit a record-high number of immigrants in a single year amid travel restrictions. CEC candidates are oftentimes already in Canada, which meant they were not subject to the travel restrictions Canada had in place between 2020 and 2021. This strategy enabled Canada to land a record 405,000 permanent residents last year.

IRCC has also focused on inviting PNP candidates throughout the pandemic to support provincial immigration goals.


IRCC is looking to land 55,000 Express Entry permanent residents in 2022, which is about half of its 2021 target. Prior to this year, Express Entry was the main pathway for new economic-class immigrants coming to Canada. The reason for the temporary decline in Express Entry targets is so it can wind down its Temporary Residence to Permanent Residence (TR-PR) program and accommodate other priorities.

By 2024, IRCC once again aims to welcome more than 110,000 immigrants through Express Entry.


Canada Immigration: What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is the application management system for Canada’s three most popular immigration programs: the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program. PNP candidates in the Express Entry pool have already qualified for at least one of these programs.

Express Entry uses a points-based system, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), to rank candidates’ profiles. The top-scoring candidates receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA), and can then apply for permanent residency.

After the candidate applies, an IRCC officer reviews the application and makes a decision. The officer will ask for biometrics and may set up an interview or request more documents.

If the application is approved, IRCC issues a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR). Approved permanent residents can then complete the landing process. If they are outside Canada, they can access pre-arrival services to help them with the first steps for settling in Canada.


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