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IRCC invited 1,750 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residency

Express Entry Draw #227 –July 20, 2022

IRCC invited 1,750 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residency (PR)

Canada invited another 1,750 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence in a new all-program Express Entry draw on July 20.

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cut-off threshold for this draw was 542 points – a drop of 15 points from the previous all-program draw held on July 6, 2022.

This was the second all-program draw since July 6, which considered candidates in all Express Entry programs: Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades (FST).

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) also applied the tie-breaking rule and the time-stamp was set for December 30, 2021 at 15:29:35 UTC. If more than one candidate has the lowest CRS score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their profiles in the Express Entry pool.

Results: Rounds of invitations

  • Draw No: #227
  • No program specified
  • Total invitations to apply (ITAs) issued: 1,750
  • Date and time of round: July 20, 2022 at 16:32:49 UTC
  • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 542
  • Tie-breaking rule: December 30, 2021 at 15:29:35 UTC

As per the Government of Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan for 2022-2024, Canada is looking to welcome 55,900 new immigrants through Express Entry in 2022; 75,750 in 2023, and then the highest-ever 111,500 new permanent residents in 2024.

Changes are coming in the Express Entry draws in early 2023

IRCC has confirmed that Express Entry reforms named in the recently-passed Bill C-19 will come into force in early 2023. It will give IRCC the authority to invite Express Entry candidates from the pool based on an economic goal.

Currently, Canada invites the highest-ranked Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residency based on their CRS score. However, the new changes will allow IRCC to conduct targeted Express Entry draws and invite candidates based on factors like their occupation, language abilities, education credential, or other factors that correspond to Canada’s labour market needs.

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636 PNP candidates with a CRS score of 752 or above received ITAs for Canada PR in a new Express Entry draw

Express Entry Draw #225 –June 22, 2022

Canada invited 636 immigration candidates to apply for permanent residency (PR) in the new Express Entry draw held on June 22, 2022.

The draw was restricted to Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Class only, which means that only those immigration candidates, who had previously received a nomination from an Express-Entry aligned PNP, received Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canada PR in this draw.

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cut-off threshold for this draw was 752 points.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) also applied the tie-breaking rule and the time-stamp was set for April 19, 2022 at 13:45:45 UTC.

Results: Rounds of invitations

  • Draw: #225
  • Date and time of round: June 22, 2022 at 14:13:57 UTC
  • Class: Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
  • Number of invitations issued: 636
  • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 752
  • Tie-breaking rule: April 19, 2022 at 13:45:45 UTC

Resumption of all-program Express Entry Draw

Since September 2021, IRCC has only been holding PNP-specific draws as these candidates are highly likely to be in Canada already. However, in long-anticipated news, Canada’s immigration minister – Sean Fraser made an important announcement that Express Entry Draws for Federal Skilled Worker (FSWP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates will resume in early July 2022.

IRCC Minister recently provided a tentative date of July 6, 2022 for an all-program (FSW & CEC) Express Entry draw. This is great news for Express Entry candidates inside and outside Canada waiting for all-program Express Entry draws to resume.

Invited Express Entry candidates now have 60 calendar days to submit a complete immigration application to IRCC.

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141+ candidates received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canada PR in a new British Columbia PNP Draw

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) released details of its weekly draw held on June 7, 2022.

More than 141 applicants received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residency (PR) under 3 different categories from Skilled Worker, International Graduate, and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled subcategories of BC PNP.

Distribution of invitations

Draw Immigration Category Number of Invitations Minimum Score
Tech  Draw Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 125 85
Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 16 60
Healthcare Occupations Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (includes EEBC option) <5 60

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) offers a fast-track pathway for high-demand skilled foreign workers to gain permanent residency and immigrate directly to British Columbia.

The Express Entry BC (EEBC) stream of BCPNP allows the province to search & invite qualified candidates with a valid profile in the Federal Express Entry system. The Skills Immigration Category of BCPNP is designed for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in the province.

In order to receive an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination under one of those two streams, candidates need to first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Express Entry candidates, whose applications get approved by BCPNP, will automatically receive additional 600 points toward their comprehensive ranking system (CRS) scores. This effectively guarantees them an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in subsequent Federal Express Entry Draw.

British Columbia conducts one of the most frequent and regular PNP draws in Canada through its various BC PNP categories and streams.

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Canada invited 932 Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination to apply for PR on June 8

Express Entry Draw #224 –June 8, 2022

Canada invited 932 Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination to apply for PR on June 8

Canada conducted the largest Express Entry draw since March on June 8, 2022.

A total of 932 Express Entry candidates received invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residence in this draw.

The draw was restricted to immigration candidates, who had previously received a nomination through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP); therefore, the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required to receive an ITA in this draw was 796.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied the tie-breaking rule and the time-stamp used was October 10, 2021 at 17:13:17 UTC. This means that PNP candidates who had a CRS score of 796 or more and had submitted their Express Entry profile before this time and date, received an ITA in this round of invitations.

Express Entry Draws for FSWP & CEC candidates are set to resume in July

In long-anticipated news, Canada’s immigration minister – Sean Fraser made an important announcement that Express Entry Draws for Federal Skilled Worker (FSWP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates will resume in early July 2022.

Since September 2021, IRCC has only been holding PNP-specific draws as these candidates are highly likely to be in Canada already. Moreover, increasing backlog in applications was another major reason that IRCC conducted only PNP-specific Express Entry draws.  The immigration department wanted to cut Express Entry backlogs in at least half before resuming the all-program Express Entry round of invitations.

This is great news for FSWP and CEC candidates who are stuck in the Express Entry pool and curiously waiting for the resumption of general draws.

As of June 6, there were a total of 215,316 Express Entry profiles in the pool.

Immigration candidates, who received invitations in this draw, have 60 days to submit a complete permanent residence application to IRCC.

Know your chances to immigrate to Canada under Express Entry!!

To find out if you’re eligible to immigrate to Canada under Express Entry, simply complete our FREE ASSESSMENT FORM ! A member of the WWICS team will review your eligibility and contact you to discuss your options!

British Columbia invited 137 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canada PR on May 24, 2022

Invitations were issued to Tech Workers, Early Childhood Educators and Assistants, and Healthcare Professionals

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) conducted its weekly round of invitations on May 24.

A total of 137 immigration candidates received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canada Permanent residency in these draws.

Draw Immigration Category Number of Invitations Minimum Score
 Tech Draw Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 115 85
Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 11 60
Healthcare Occupations Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (includes EEBC option) 11 60

Out of total invitations issued, 115 went to tech candidates from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories of BC PNP through a Tech draw. In order to get an invite, candidates needed a minimum provincial score of 85.

BC PNP also invited 11 early childhood educators and 11 healthcare professionals in two separate draws. The minimum provincial score requirement in both of these draws was 60 points.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

Created in 2001, BC PNP allows the province of B.C. to select and nominate qualified prospective economic immigrants for permanent residence status in Canada.

BC PNP uses an online, points-based expression of interest (EOI) system to manage application intake. Applicants need to first register an EOI profile that establishes a point score based on various factors – level of education, work experience, language skills, occupation, and job offer, among others.

The BC PNP then periodically issues invitations to apply for provincial nomination to the highest-scoring candidates.

Upon receiving a nomination from BC PNP, successful candidates can apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for Canada PR Visa for themselves and their eligible family members.

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