IRCC Will Resume Express Entry Draws for FSWP & CEC in the Spring of 2022

Resume express entry draws

Not a while ago, we reported about an internal memo of Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) discussing all-program Express Entry draws. We have just come to learn that Immigration Minister Sean Fraser may push to resume Express Entry draws for nominating candidates under the Federal High Skilled category “sometime this spring”. Spring months in Canada last till May 31.


The Federal High Skilled category includes immigrant prospects who are eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), as well as the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

Since December 2020, IRCC had paused Express Entry draws for FSWP candidates. Such registered candidates in the express entry pool required no Canadian experience. They qualify on the basis of their work experience, language proficiency, education and age. The travel restrictions imposed due to the pandemic meant a severe blow to their chances of moving to Canada.

While Canada continued to welcome more immigration even during the travel restrictions, IRCC transitioned more temporary residents into permanent residency to achieve its 2021 annual target of over 400,000 new permanent residents.

However, since September 2021, IRCC also suspended Canada Express Entry draws for nominating CEC candidates. Such registered candidates in the express entry pool already have at least one year of Canadian experience. They are usually recent international graduates and Canada is known to have a high retention rate of PGWP holders.

Minister Fraser in a virtual interview took questions relating to the issues concerning international students in Canada & Federal High Skilled candidates. Minister Fraser is also keen on creating additional pathways to Canada permanent residency for international students and temporary foreign workers.

Current State of Canada Express Entry Draws

While a provincial nomination is not the same as a permanent residence, it can increase one’s chances of obtaining Canada permanent residency status.

Travel restrictions also resulted in the inventory of FSWP candidates & CEC candidates grew to the point that IRCC could not meet the processing standard.

Currently, the processing time for CEC is about seven months and the expected FSWP processing time may rise to 36 months in 2022.

Canada Express Entry draws have only relied on provincial nominees since September last year. Such provincial nominees already registered in the Express Entry pool receive invitations to apply for Canada permanent residency in PNP-specific draws. For instance, in the latest Express Entry draws, Canada invited 924 PNP candidates to apply with CRS scores of at least 754.

Provincial nominees with active Express Entry profiles are awarded 600 points over and above their usual Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. This will guarantee an invitation to apply for Canada permanent residency in upcoming Express Entry draws.

Apply for Permanent Residence via Certified Immigration Consultant

Immigration aspirants choose Canada because of its direct permanent residence pathway. Any prospective candidate who seeks to obtain permanent residence in Canada must register on Canada Express Entry online portal. All the registered profiles are then assessed and ranked based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

Such profiles are evaluated on a total of 1200 points. The human capital criteria like

  • age,
  • education,
  • work experience outside Canada,
  • language proficiency in English/French,
  • spouse adaptability,
  • Canadian study experience, etc. are considered for evaluation purposes.

You are sure to get overwhelmed by the amount of documentation and other requirements to fulfil before you could receive a confirmation of permanent residence (CoPR). Hence, Canada has certified immigration consultants across the globe to help prospective aspirants in their Canadian immigration journey.

Take this free assessment online to determine your chances after Canada resume Express Entry draws.

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