IRCC Will Resume FSWP Express Entry Draws by “Early July”

FSWP express entry draws

Minister Sean Fraser held a media conference announcing more certainty for Canadian immigration candidates. Among major announcements relating to immigration, FSWP Express Entry draws are expected to resume by July.

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) offers a direct pathway to Canada permanent residency without prior work experience or education in Canada. Any skilled professional with enough hours of work experience and Canadian equivalent education can apply. Canada favors the entry of skilled professionals like Nurses, Software Engineers, Civil Engineers, Web Developers, Accountants, Data Analysts, or Financial Planners to qualify under FSWP Express Entry draws.

Additionally, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will issue open work permits to the immediate family members included in a principal applicant’s permanent residence application who are outside of Canada.

Canada is also keen on retaining more international student graduates to offer them permanent residency. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will extend open work permit for up to 18 months to all Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) holders whose visa expires between January and December 2022.

IRCC Processed More Immigration Applications

IRCC cut Express Entry backlogs by more than half since September 2021. It was then, that IRCC stopped inviting CEC profiles to apply for Canada permanent residency. From nearly 112,000 people in September 2021 to 48,000 in March 2022, the number of permanent resident decisions has doubled in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021.

In absolute terms, Canada made about 156,000 permanent residence decisions between January 1st and March 31, 2022. In addition, IRCC has processed over 100,000 work permit applications in the first quarter of 2022, about 50 per cent more than the same period last year.

Canada Express Entry Draws During the Pandemic

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

FSWP was the main source of foreign skilled immigrants to Canada until recently when IRCC decided to focus on inviting and processing CEC & PNP candidates. IRCC had not held even a single FSWP Express Entry draws in 2021. Canada Express Entry draws have relied on Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) only since September last year.

All the recent Express Entry nominees had a successful provincial nomination and were already registered in the Express Entry pool. For instance, in the latest Express Entry draws, Canada invited 787 PNP candidates to apply with CRS scores of at least 782.

Provincial nominees with active Express Entry profiles are awarded 600 points over and above their usual Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. This may guarantee an invitation to apply for Canada permanent residency in upcoming PNP-specific 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.
IRCC is looking to land only 55,000 Express Entry permanent residents in 2022. However, Express Entry landings are set to increase over the next two years with IRCC seeking to welcome more than 110,000 newcomers through Express Entry by 2024.

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). Therefore, the official immigration policy of Canada recognizes privately-run and certified immigration consultants across the globe to help prospective Canadian immigration aspirants.

Take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility for the upcoming FSWP Express Entry draws.

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