Canada Express Entry Rounds Will Target Occupation-Specific Candidates Starting In 2023

The Canadian government will implement the approved Express Entry reforms starting in 2023 to enhance the intake criteria. As per the passed C-19 Bill, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will target eligible profiles in the Express Entry pool based on economic goals (occupation or education) in future Canada Express Entry rounds. 

Currently, IRCC does not have the ability to invite candidates from the Express Entry pool who have a particular work experience, educational credential, or language skills. Bill C-19 which received Royal Assent or passed in both houses of parliament, on June 23, now gives IRCC the scope to new frame rules around it. 

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. 

Even though Provincial Nominee Programs will target more immigrants in 2023, 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. 

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Healthcare Candidates Could be Targeted 

IRCC could now invite Express Entry candidates based on the most pressing economic needs and urgent labor shortages.

However, IRCC is yet to confirm any date for targeted draws as the federal government is expected to consult provinces, business councils, and other stakeholders to best evaluate which candidates to target.

As per the preliminary understanding of the intention behind the new Canada Express Entry reforms, healthcare is seen as one of the most pressing occupational categories. 

The job vacancy rate within the healthcare sector in Canada stood above 6% for the most part of 2022. In the recent past, Canada took suitable measures to fill jobs in the sector such as removing entry barriers for internationally trained physicians who are already in Canada. 

The expected Express Entry reforms to target candidates with backgrounds in healthcare professions to fill vacant positions at a faster rate seems believable. 

Benefits 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. 

Some noticeable advantages of entering the Canada Express Entry pool ahead of 2023 reforms are 

  • Work experience in target occupations increases chances of qualifying. 
  • Canada Express Entry profile is valid for 12 months. 
  • Permanent residency applications will be processed within six months after responding to ITA for Canada PR 
  • You can take advantage of the tie-breaker rule by getting in the Express Entry pool early. 
  • Fortnightly Canada Express Entry draws to keep your chances high for provincial nominations
  • Provincial nomination increases CRS by 600 points, effectively guaranteeing a permanent residence invitation from IRCC.

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.

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