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IRCC Confirms New Canada Express Entry Applications Processing In 6 Months

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Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is looking to welcome over 110,000 immigrants to Canada every year through the Express Entry route for permanent residency. To incentivize skilled working professionals around the world to plan their immigration, the immigration department has confirmed to process new Canada Express Entry applications in about 6 months.

The Express Entry application processing time of 6 months has been on the agenda for a long to improve Canadian immigration. However, the sudden onslaught caused by the pandemic seemed to prevent the department from implementing it.

With the much-awaited announcement of resuming all-program Canada Express Entry draws in early July, the processing of most new Express Entry applications within six months will be made possible. IRCC has recently confirmed the same.

IRCC is inviting new applications for upcoming Express Entry draws to be held in early July for Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canada Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) candidates.

Enter the Express Entry pool today!

Why Should You Enter Canada Express Entry Pool Ahead of July 2022?

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 pool ahead of July 2022 are:

  • 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.

Job Vacancies To Push Immigration via Canada Express Entry

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.

Existing Express Entry Processing Time

Temporary suspension of nomination draws from major Canada Express Entry programs resulted in significant application backlogs. This led to an increasing wait time of over 20 months for Non-Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Express Entry applicants.

Immigration Category Program  IRCC Processing Standard
Economic-class Express Entry Canadian Experience Class (CEC) 7 months
Express Entry Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) 27 months
Express Entry Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) 27 months
Express Entry Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) 22 months

Processing times for the over 100 other economic class immigration pathways offered by Canada exceed six months.

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