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Canada Express Entry Rounds May Target Occupation-Specific Candidates

The Canadian government is regularly bringing in new changes to its immigration system to target the most eligible candidates to work & settle in the country. The latest change proposes to enhance the Canada Express Entry system. The country could target eligible profiles based on occupation, language or education in the future Express Entry rounds. 

Presently, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) do not have the ability to invite candidates from the Express Entry pool who have a particular work experience, educational credential, or language skills. The new amendments are proposed to division 23 of Bill C-19 which is currently being discussed in the Canadian parliament. 

The official spokesperson from the office of the Immigration Minister was quoted saying, “Through our growing pool of candidates seeking to become permanent residents, this will allow IRCC to conduct targeted draws aimed at selecting those in the queue that have certain language skills or health care qualifications to name a few examples. This will be essential in addressing Canada’s labor shortages.

Statistics Canada reported over 800,000 job vacancies and Canadian employers are keen on addressing the talent shortage with the immigration of foreign skilled workers. 

Canada Express Entry will continue to play a prominent role in the country’s immigration system and economy. Now that Express Entry is promising normalcy and most new applications will be processed within six months, employers will have better access to more foreign talent. 

The parliamentary discussion on the proposed changes to Express Entry will be followed by clause-by-class consideration of the bill, which is scheduled to start on Monday, May 30 at 11 a.m.

Advantages of Entering the Canada Express Entry Pool 

Canada Express Entry is a database management system for permanent residency programs – the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skills Trades Program (FSTP). 

The FSWP is the main pathway to welcome skilled immigrants, while the CEC benefits temporary residents like international recent graduates with a minimum of one year of experience to qualify for PR via Canada Express Entry. 

Invitations to apply (ITA) for permanent residency invitations to FSWP candidates have been temporarily paused since December 2020. Since September 2021, Canada has not issued any ITA for CEC candidates as well. 

Resuming invitations for these two programs is likely to benefit thousands of eligible candidates with the opportunity to obtain Canadian permanent residence. Some noticeable advantages of entering the Canada Express Entry rounds ahead of July 2022 are: 

  • Permanent residency applications will be processed within six months. 
  • Fortnightly Canada Express Entry draws keeps your chances high for provincial nominations
  • Once you’re nominated from any Provincial Nominee Program, your CRS increases by 600 points, effectively guaranteeing a permanent residence invitation from IRCC.
  • You can take advantage of the tie-breaker rule by getting in the Express Entry pool early. 

You can be among the many immigrants with relevant work experience and not necessarily a job offer in Canada to qualify for Canada Express Entry. 

Applying through a certified immigration consultant like CanApprove can boost your chances of qualifying for Canada PR. Take this free assessment online to determine your best chances of qualifying for Canadian immigration.

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