Entering the Federal Express Entry Pool Now Far Outweigh the Risks

When is the right time to enter Canada Express Entry pool

Canada has given its mandate to the liberal party to form a government at the federal level for the third consecutive term. Even though it will be yet another minority government led by the liberal party, we can expect Canadian immigration to only improve further.

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With Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023 eyeing over 400,000 immigration candidates every year and travel relaxations, foreign skilled workers, international students can start planning for their immigration to Canada soon.

Ever since the launch of the Express Entry system in 2015, it has become the main way for Canada to process skilled worker immigration applications. Canada remains to be the only G7 country to offer a direct pathway to permanent residence (PR) to eligible foreigners even without a job offer or previous study/work experience in the country.

The Express Entry system manages the applications of immigration candidates qualifying for any one of the three federal programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skills Trades Program (FSTP) for semi-skilled foreign workers, and few linked provincial nomination streams.

FSWP made up nearly half of all Express Entry immigrants per year prior to the coronavirus pandemic. Desirable economic-class immigrants are chosen on their basis of age, work experience, education, and language proficiency.

Given the situation, you may want to adopt a “wait and watch” approach about entering the Express Entry pool now. But CanApprove has always observed Canada values skills and talents and will be receptive to foreign skilled immigration, no matter how hostile the global situation be.

Top Reasons to Enter Federal Express Entry Pool Now

In the uncertainty over FSWP draws, the only real risk of entering the Express Entry pool now is that your official language test score will expire in about two years if you do not receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) within this time period. However, you can always retake the test and update the latest score upon expiry.

But CanApprove still thinks now is a good time to enter the Express Entry for the following reasons:

  1. Chance to receive a provincial nomination: Great chances are that your Express Entry profile may qualify for one of the linked Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). A successful provincial nomination can result in up to 600 additional CRS points that will effectively guarantee an invitation to apply for permanent residence in the upcoming federal Express Entry draws.

For instance, IRCC has conducted over 18 Express Entry draws so far in 2021, inviting candidates with provincial nominations alone. Click here to get a quick review of nomination draws in the months of January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August 2021.

  1. Match with suitable employment opportunities: Registering your profile in the federal pool can help you match with suitable employment opportunities even before you’re invited to apply for permanent residence. This could result in eligible job offers that can add 50 or 200 CRS points.

While the additional CRS points cannot guarantee you an ITA for Canada PR, but they sure will help your chances. Upon receiving an ITA, you will be in good standing to quickly integrate into the Canadian labour market through your pre-arranged employment.

  1. Uncertainty over ITAs for FSWP candidates: Throughout 2021, IRCC has not nominated any immigration candidates qualifying under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) stream. However, this is not to suggest that IRCC will never consider the popular FSWP stream.

Express Entry draws by design are unpredictable and were introduced to be competitive by giving advantage to the highest-scoring candidates and responsive to the needs of Canadian provinces and employers. In an unprecedented move earlier on February 13, 2021, IRCC held a historic draw inviting nearly 27,332 immigration candidates with Canadian Experience and a minimum qualifying CRS of 75 points! The previous record was 5,000 ITAs.

Given the nature of Express Entry nomination draws, IRCC may begin to invite FSWP candidates anytime once again. By virtue of being in the pool, you may potentially be the beneficiary of an unconventional draw like the one we saw on February 13.

Eventually, IRCC will re-open its doors to FSWP candidates and expand its nomination draw sizes to accommodate more foreign immigrants. You can check your eligibility and explore various immigration options with CanApprove.

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