Minister of Immigration for Canada Sean Fraser has now stated on Twitter that Express Entry draws for all programs will restart on Wednesday, July 6, after more than 18 months. Check the announcement below:
Since December 2020, draws for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) have been suspended. In September 2021, the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) lotteries were suspended.
After border bans and restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 epidemic generated a backlog of applications for permanent residence status, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) implemented these holds.
What is Express Entry?
IRCC uses the Express Entry application management system to choose the candidates it deems most qualified to live and work in Canada.
They are called economic immigrants, which means they are of prime working age and will be able to establish themselves economically in Canada while contributing to the workforce and economy.
Generally, these candidates should anticipate a quicker processing period than those who apply through other schemes, such as family sponsorship or as refugees or immigrants in the humanitarian class.
How does Express Entry work?
The Express Entry system establishes eligibility requirements for each program, and applicants must meet eligibility requirements.
The first stage is for candidates to evaluate their personal Express Entry program eligibility. Applicants must post their profile on the IRCC website if they meet the qualifying requirements.
Once a candidate’s profile is complete, IRCC will assign a Comprehensive Ranking System score (CRS). The CRS awards are based on employment, work experience, education, and language.
Candidates with the highest marks are most likely to be invited to apply (ITA). A candidate has 60 days to file their application for permanent residency after receiving an ITA. Beginning in July, IRCC intends to reinstate the pre-pandemic standard of six months for processing applications.
Which programs are included in Express Entry?
Three distinct Express Entry programs are geared for candidates with different work experience, language and education qualifications, and NOC skill codes.
Federal Skilled Worker Program
FSWP is for skilled individuals with expertise in occupations classified with NOC skill categories 0, A, or B. Candidates require:
- A minimum of one year of full-time or comparable paid job experience during the past decade.
- Language proficiency is equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 in English or French.
- A Canadian or international educational credential (certificate, diploma, or degree) plus an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report.
- Show that you have sufficient savings to maintain yourself and any dependents in Canada.
- Earn a minimum of 67 out of 100 points on the FWSP grid based on age, education, and job experience.
Federal Skilled Trades Program
The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) is reserved exclusively for skilled trades professionals. The eligibility requirements vary from FSWP in several ways:
- Candidates should have either two years of full-time experience in their field or an equal amount of part-time experience over the past five years.
- They must have a full-time, continuous employment offer or a Canadian authority-issued qualification certificate.
- A CLB score of 5 for speaking and listening and 4 for reading and writing in English or French.
Canadian Experience Class
The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is intended for candidates who have previously lived and worked in Canada.
- In the past three years, candidates must have one full year of professional job experience in Canada.
- The language requirements for candidates can vary dependent on their NOC categorization. Those whose occupation falls inside NOC 0 or A must have a CLB of 7. CLB 5 is required for skilled trades occupations or those under NOC B.
- Candidates must intend to work and reside outside of Quebec.
What is an all-program draw?
In a draw for all programs, individuals are selected from the full Express Entry pool, regardless of the program for which they qualify. The sole determinant is their CRS score.
During the epidemic, Express Entry program drawings were frequently limited to a single program per draw.
How long does it take to get permanent residency through the Express Entry program?
Sean Fraser, the minister of immigration, recently confirmed that all new Express Entry applications would be handled within six months.
It implies that once an applicant has acquired an ITA and submitted their application, they will not have to wait more than six months to learn if their permanent residence application has been approved.
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