Canada PR: Express Entry Application Period Reduced To 60 Days

Canada switches back to 60 days period for Express Entry applications

Canada is returning to normalcy and it is evident from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent statement that his government will further ease travel restrictions this summer. Presently, Canada is allowing COPR holders, fully vaccinated travellers to skip quarantine, and reopened direct flights with certain COVID hotspot countries. 

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Subsequently, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) are rolling back the COVID-19 measure that allowed Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence up to 90 days after receiving an invitation. 

The federal department bought a series of immigration-friendly measures to keep the immigration levels high soon after the travel restrictions owing to the pandemic were announced first In March 2020. IRCC extended the application period to 90 days instead of general 60 days. It was meant to allow immigration applicants to have more time to prepare their documents. 

In the media release, IRCC was optimistic about returning to the 60-day timeframe. It will allow the department to process higher volumes of applications, thus meet the immigration target of nearly 1.2 million over the next three years. 

Qualify for Canada PR through Express Entry System

Since the introduction of the Express Entry system in 2015, thousands of foreign skilled workers have been invited to apply (ITA) for permanent residency in Canada. These candidates qualify for one of three federal immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skills Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. Candidates with prior provincial nominations can also obtain permanent residence through Express Entry. 

To qualify for an ITA, candidates in the federal pool must obtain a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score above the threshold which is determined uniquely in each federal nomination draws. The CRS score is based on candidates’ age, education, work experience, and language proficiency in English or French. 

Every fortnight, Canada holds an Express Entry nomination draws. IRCC has re-innovated it by conducting alternate CEC-only and PNP-only draws which focus mainly on skilled immigrants already present in Canada. The reduction of the Express Entry application period to 60-days is an indication of resuming all-program Express Entry draws shortly. 

Get your free Express Entry assessment online and know your chances of immigration to Canada. 

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The fortnightly nomination draws held so far have invited nearly 90,000 foreign immigrants to apply for permanent residency in 2021. Continuing at this pace, Canada is sure to set a new record in more invitations for permanent residence annually. Contact CanApprove to improve your chances of qualifying for Canada PR.

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